By Taylor Stevens
Crown Publishers. 2011.
308 pages. $23.00
Taylor Stevens was raised in the Children of God cult.
She lived on several continents and in many countries. She was denied an education, and when they found stories she had written, they confiscated them and destroyed them.
She lives in
At age 31 she was inspired by the Jason Bourne novels to write a thriller, The Informationist.
Her hero isn’t
her, but her hero is a piece of work.
Not since Lisbeth Salander have we seen a computer-literate androgynous
martial-arts motorcycle-crazy like Vanessa “Michael” Munro. Or a setting as ominous as the central
Publishers Weekly says, “Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel to this high-octane page-turner.”
What a debut!
These things used to come out of nowhere.
Becoming a writer with two children isn’t easy.
She says the secret is focus.
The Children of God is the cult deprogramming was invented for.
I guess some people are able to deprogram themselves, but it must take moxie.
Where do you get the belief? When you’re not allowed to read or watch TV or go to the movies or even play with outsiders.
Where the whole gestalt is controlled by the grown-ups. Who have all been indoctrinated in the faith. Who believe.