Why does Dune abduct Miriam, hypnotized to believe she's his wife? Can her handsome friend rescue her, though she's told he's a crazed murderer?

Encore is one of the 12 best Thrillers of the year --
By Gold Medal Winning Novelist
in Intrigue category Readers Favorite
Tantra Bensko


Miriam and her friend Colin touch for the first time -- electric. After the gym, he takes her to the theater for her job as a standby. She's prepared to substitute for the star, Susan if anything goes wrong.

Susan's husband, the Bennu performance troupe's hypnotist, Dune, has made them famous throughout England. Their show dramatizing esoteric history of earth's rarest gem, Moldavite, recreates myths of a history justifying royal ancestral rights to rule. 

He's hypnotized the standbys to believe they're the actors they pretend to be. When the curtain goes down, they snap out of it, remembering their true identities.

Susan and an actor go missing. Miriam gets her chance to substitutes for Susan. Colin watches in the audience, ready to explore their dawning romance.

Dune whisks her off stage before the curtain falls, triggering releases the post-hypnotic command. He abducts her to a castle, as her "husband" and as a magickian.

Winner of Literary Titan's GOLD BOOK AWARD


BRONZE MEDAL Mystery/Thriller/Suspense - ELit!

"The psychological elements amped up the suspense really well; particularly with the hypnosis. And well, yes, while this is also a romance that took a backseat for me. Points an ominous finger toward The Agents, which had me thinking of Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau. They were in the front seat."

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It is a masterwork of storytelling with a very sharp edge and a keen wit to boot. It peels back the intricate subderma overlaying each major character’s persona, revealing our all-too-human vulnerabilities to mass suggestion. And it once again points up the critical need to be ever vigilant in guarding our very thoughts in an increasingly invasive society.

Five and a half stars to Encore and to its visionary author, Tantra Bensko. The first novel in the Nevermind series won a gold medal for excellence in writing. The sequel should win platinum. And it’s a book that should be on everyone’s reading shortlist this summer.  

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Gothic Delights

In present day England, rich with occult history

Immerse yourself in the passionate world of  performance artist Miriam as she loses.  discovers and thus embraces her identity, from the theater in the city to moors and tors of windswept countryside at a castle full of secrets.


"Tantra Bensko’s Encore is one of the most sophisticated romantic suspense novels in recent memory. Like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Bensko weaves in history, real-world myths and legend into the novel. But make no mistake, this is an utterly contemporary piece of work."

Redheaded Book Lover 5 STARS
"Encore is a stunning piece of literature that enthralled, entertained and enchanted me from the very first page! Everything about this gothic suspense novel was exciting; the characters, as well as the setting the reader gets to experience and the incredible literature courtesy of the excellent Tantra Bensko, made me fall madly in love with this book. Encore is a piece of fiction that will captivate readers from all genres thanks to the many themes that are interwoven between the pages. This book can only be described as a read that should not be missed! If you are looking to read a book that will grasp your attention from the first page and hold it throughout then already I would implore you lovely readers to read this book because it is utterly brilliant!"

Interview at Gothic Wanderer

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Mention classic gothic fiction and readers will most certainly picture dark foreboding castles and an array of ominous Victoriana but most readers have become somewhat accustomed to more watery offerings. Well, if it’s the latter you want then stop reading because Bensko has delivered something dark, baroque and hauntingly disturbing with lush prose and imagery sure to delight any discerning lover of the written word. The writing, plotting and dialogue are superb and turning the first page is to take a step towards discovering an author who brings boundless energy and creativity to the genre. A must-read for aficionados of the gothic this is one of those rare novels that has a brooding essence that demands to be read and savoured. Characterization is also excellent as Bensko builds a visually complex tale, notably avoiding the pursuit of trite thrills whilst ensuring the definitive devices of horror and fantasy are ever present. Navigating multiple plot threads as she draws us into it’s a delightfully dark dance of manipulation.


With all the hallmarks of a classic, Encore: A Contemporary Love Story of Hypnotic  Abduction is a Gothic Fiction fans dream and is definitely deserving of your time to read. It is recommended without reservation!

The San Francisco Review of Books
Highly recommended for thinking readers.


Literary Titan interview

Literary Titan Review Gold Book Award

The author does a marvellous job at blending themes and motifs together in order to build up tension and create an epic dark read. This is a book that provides everything you would expect from a psychological suspense story – guaranteed to keep you firmly on the edge of your seat.

Publisher's Daily Reviews 5 1/2 STARS

Red Headed Book Lover

Encore is a stunning piece of literature that enthralled, entertained and enchanted me from the very first page! Everything about this gothic suspense novel was exciting; the characters, as well as the setting the reader gets to experience and the incredible literature courtesy of the excellent Tantra Bensko, made me fall madly in love with this book.


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The Secret Agent Series of Novels
Thrills for Thinkers

The Agents of the Nevermind series casts a light on current events and history orchestrated by intelligence agencies using occult propaganda to gain the allegiance of different cultures by incorporating their local legends. Everything described in the book is historically correct until the world veers slightly in the late 1980's when a US President with gigantism colludes with the new counterintelligence agency to create an Occult Revival. Mainstream media highlighted  New Age ideas, to manipulate people's minds, similarly to how it works today.

Agents' specialties include mind control, hypnosis, media theater, hoaxes, false flags, Enochian esoterica, assassination, blackmail, drugs, advanced technology, DID, surveillance, sexual bribery, and HGH. Propaganda garners the public's acceptance of proxy wars and coups against innocent countries.

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