Invitation by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, & Alton Gansky

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From the book: “Four strangers with gifts they don’t understand. A world falling into darkness. This is Harbingers.

“You’re invited on a journey of suspense and the supernatural as four of your favorite bestselling authors team up for a unique series.

“From the minds of Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky, Invitation compiles the first four episodes of HARBINGERS, each following a different character.

  • Brenda — the street hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future
  • The Professor — the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic
  • Andi — the professor’s brilliant but geeky assistant who sees inexplicable patterns
  • Tank — the naïve, big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to healing power

“Brought together for the first time in “The Call,” the four soon realize pockets of darkness are emerging throughout the world. Whether it involves a mysterious house, the unexplainable death of animals around the world, or an otherworldly little girl, each puzzle they solve brings them closer to the ultimate explanation of what’s happening. But will they discover the truth in time?”

The idea of this series of collected novellas is wonderful: as they explain in the introduction, this group of author friends wanted to write engaging stories that could be read in one to two sittings. They see it as a kind of game for authors. Each author writes from the perspective of one of the four main characters, and each story builds off of the one before it. The stories are all unique, but work so well together.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, but altogether pretty darn cool, and I’d seriously recommend you pick up a copy of Invitation, HARBINGERS Cycle #1, as soon as possible. Happy reading!

Many thanks to Bethany House for the copy of this novel. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Illusion by Frank Peretti

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Dane and Mandy have been performing their magic together for forty years. So, when she dies suddenly in a horrific car accident, Dane is rather lost.

Several states away, a young girl wakes up believing her name is Mandy and having only memories of a time long past. She needs to find out if she’s crazy or the rest of the world is.

When their paths cross, questions can’t help but arise, and answers must be found. Both Dane and Mandy will have to trust God enough to let Him lead them through the illusions and into the Truth.

I have been waiting in line in my family to read this book for a long time. Then a friend told me she stayed up till the wee hours of the morning, because she just couldn’t go to sleep without finishing the book (which is a BIG deal for her), so I knew I had to put everything else down and check it out. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait!

Peretti’s writing is, as always, brilliant. He sucks you in right away and doesn’t let you go. It reminded me of a Michael Crichton novel (without all the science and math diagrams!). Every twist, every turn, pulls you deeper into the illusion, until you’re desperate to know what is really going on and how it will all end.

And if you’re the type of person who reads the end of the book first to see if you’ll like it, don’t do that with this one. Trust me, you’ll like the book (you might even love it), and knowing the end before you read the rest will take all the tension and excitement out of the story.

I highly recommend Frank Peretti’s Illusion. Grab a copy and buckle in for a fabulous ride.