The Agents of the Nevermind Volume 1

Fiction - Suspense
246 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2017
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Author Biography

Tantra teaches fiction writing with UCLA Extension Writers Program and She also edits manuscripts. She lives in Berkeley.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Glossolalia is the opening book in the Agents of the Nevermind series by Tantra Bensko, a psychological thriller narrated around very complex themes, great conflict, and unforgettable characters. It’s a world where nothing is what it seems, with dubious programs created by governments and organizations to control the people, and hide their sinister esoteric and criminal activities while growing their wealth and power. However, one woman dares to expose the devious duplicity of the powers that be. Read on to discover the powerful psyche of Nancy and what happens when it collides with the dark forces of organized crime. Here is a book that has a lot to provide the elements readers seek in thrillers — psychological depth, phenomenal conflict, intense action, suspense, and powerful themes.

Tantra Bensko plunges readers into a political conspiracy bigger than anything they’d imagine in books of this nature. Government mind control programs come across in the story in a startling way and they are at the heart of the conflict. Join the cast of compelling characters as they engage in secret rooms, jittery sex moments, chases, and psychological battles. I enjoyed the protagonist, a courageous woman who follows her instincts and who takes the risk to develop and use her gift to unveil the truth, but can she really withstand a confrontation with the dirty truth and deadly agents? Glossolalia is deftly written and well balanced, with a powerful political, historical, and physical setting. The writing is excellent and readers will be lost in the vivid and engaging descriptions of both scenes and settings, as well as the insightful passages. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading.

Caswallon S. Barrios

Ordered GLOSSOLALIA not knowing it's a novel. Thought it was, rather, a book of TIPS on writing "psychological suspense" (ha!) .. but the fact is, the book is a sort of, eh, endlessly suggestive *tool box* for any writer interested in handling non-traditional material. Non-traditional? Let's say stuff at the margins of both "the novel" as it is commonly digested and, sure, Reality Itself (hey!). As a reader, I was reminded of everything from - gosh - Sybil (1976 TV film) to Candleshoe (1977 Disney romp with Jodie Foster) .. to the more discerning literature on mind control and its symbiosis with our electronically-mediated reality (the Videodrome). And the novel's plain style appears to be part of its strategy. During the period of High Modernism (early 20th century), Left-leaning writers with strong, highly-individual styles could be celebrated in the Anglo-American world simply by ignoring any Leftish content and focusing on the "art." Bensko's .. transparent style, however - which nicely captures the psychology of her three protagonists - compels us to confront the material itself. GLOSSOLALIA is listed as Book I in a proposed series. Looking forward to where the author goes next !

Paul Barnett

Imagine a brilliantly chiseled world called, Glossolalia. Tantra Bensko has ventured into a new style of storytelling, one that mirrors the lighter side of our human nature against a harsh new world order that seeks to extinguish the creative soul. Echos of a Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984, reverberate in this modern thriller that once you start reading, you will not want to put this book down. Read it, and then ask for more.