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Glossolalia: Psychological Suspense (The Agents of the Nevermind) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 10, 2016
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"It is this kind of skillful foreshadowing that elevates Glossolalia far above any other ordinary examination of what the bad guys in our own government might be doing to us -- or, rather, what they HAVE been doing for decades.The CIA is transformed into a creepy, all-knowing agency called the Nevermind, which routinely alters the consciousness of people around the world, working ruthlessly with nefarious corporate entities and a radicalized Religious Right to steer destiny in the direction they deem most profitable.
This tale is well-told through skillful imagery and excellent writing. The author regularly delivers lyrical prose that transcends." -- Publishers Daily Reviews 5 star, also at Midwest Book Review
"With the missing shipment weighing heavily on her fragile mind, Nancy decides to take action and is thrust into a world of government conspiracies, brainwashing, snake-handling churches, and a hell of a lot more that makes falling down the rabbit hole seem like a tiny spill....The amount of story jam-packed within the pages of Glossolaliais enough to make readers question their own sanity along with Nancy....The unreliable narrator motive adds to the success of the novel, and as far out as the plot ventures, the actions of herself and those around her never seem out of place." - Indie Reader
"This thriller is the initial book in a continuing series, which will offer the reader many insights into politics, evangelism, and psychological intrigue. On a deeper level, exploring what is fantasy and what is reality is something we all face as we search to explore meaning in our own lives, just as Nancy does, albeit, in her complex,surreal story." -- Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW The US Review of Books
"Tantra Bensko's novel, Glossolalia, is a complex and most compelling read that I have ever laid eyes upon...the book consists of several different genres and combinations that make it a powerfully engaging read. Suspenseful, check. Conspiracy, check. Political thriller, check. Science fiction fantasy double-check. Alternate universe double checked. Readers worldwide can find a little of everything within this stunning novel. This tale is full of action and intrigue from page one to the last page. Mind control, murder, and sex.All of these interesting things woven into a surprising story that will blow readers' minds away. I just finished reading this and now, I am looking forward to the next brilliant adventure by the talented writer.
Here, we have a masterfully woven novel that brings the most unusual events into a fascinating world of fiction. Glossolalia means speaking in tongues. A young woman, Nancy, is the leading female character that instantly grabs readers attention. She does things like chasing after a truck that dumps harmful chemicals, works at her uncle's firm that kills animals, and fighting. There's never a dull moment. The main character suffers from bouts of amnesia. She takes us through herentire life and into a mystical land. This is the first book in the psychological suspense series called The Agents of The Nevermind. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this intoxicating fantasy series by Tantra Bensko. Glossolalia takes readers on an environmental and psychological journey. Overall, I highly recommend it to all." -- Danielle Urban, Urban Book Reviews
"One glance at the front cover of author Tantra Bensko's book brings to mind the stylistic intentions of wickedly clever Tim Burton, the American film director and artist who forays into the gothic world in his works, perhaps most famously the recent Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. While you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, reading Glossolalia most certainly brought to mind those dark and quirky fantasy films, with a dose of snorting laughter thrown in for good measure.You'll most certainly feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole after taking in a few paragraphs. "-- CC Thomas Hollywood Book Review 5 star
"As Nancy progresses through the story's landscape, the reader is regularly faced with questions as to which of the various revelations are real and which are illusions. The book cover refers to the novel as a "psychological suspense" and that it is. As such, it follows in the literary footsteps of Tom Robbins rather than that of Thomas Harris, which provides the likable, if odd, flavor." -- Mary-Lynne Monroe Portland Book Review 4 star
"The only way I can think of to explain it is - imagine staring at a Salvador Dali painting whilst on speed because the pace of the novel is almost neck breaking. Bensko is a talented, intelligent writer and she successfully gets us to question everything by making us doubt our own perceptions. I would definitely recommend that you give Glossolalia a try. It's a brave and unique story and Tantra Bensko is an assured writer. I'm willing to bet that if you connect with it this novel may well turn out to be one of your all time favourites.-- Lindley Reviews
"What is really interesting about Glossolalia is its underlying message about the importance of critical thinking. Nancy starts off as naïve and not knowing much about the world, and she's jealous of people who have more knowledge than her. But then she learns to not just accept things at face value and instead she decides to investigate until she figures out the truth. Even if the truth turns out to be terrifying and turns her world upside down." -- Sabrina Ricci, Musings and Marvels
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Glossolalia is layered with visions from Nancy's past, present (as a person with mental health problems and a gluten intolerance), and a fantastical land tied to the ancient flamingo God, Nebu. Sometimes I couldn’t quite connect all the dots together between her experiences in her various mental states and the reality of her situation, but I liked the underlying themes and the provoking questions raised by the story and the charming way it was told.
I recommend this psychological suspense to people who enjoy books that step outside the usual tropes. Glossolalia shows how toxins, whether in our mind, body, or environment, can seep inside us and contaminate our lives.
If you like roller coasters at all, it’s going to be absolutely mind-blowing to ride this thing – Glossolalia: Psychological Suspense by Tantra Bensko. The book has a lively story line and I anxiously returned to its reading after putting it down for a while. I suspected how the book would end, but Tantra’s development of it was thought-provoking, plausible and entertaining. Among other things, I liked the different mental states of Nancy which are gradually incorporated in the inert mass of the maybe-reality, combining the physical sensations with the imaginary experiences. The development of the plot is in permanent movement and does not stop even for a minute, escalating the significant messages, morals and thought-provoking questions that still needed to be addressed.
Some books that engage me that way leave me edgy but this had a nice, steady pace to it. The author kept my attention with the twists and turns and even made me wonder about the heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the next.