The Minders by John Marrs

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Description

Everyone has secrets. They know yours…

In the 21st century information is king. But computers can be hacked, files can be broken into. So a unique government initiative has been borne. Five ordinary people have been selected to become the latest weapon in thwarting cyber terrorism. A revolutionary medical procedure has turned them into the ultimate secret keepers – the country’s most secretive information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.

Together, the five know every secret – the truth behind every Government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. Only somebody has discovered who the secret keepers are. And one by one, they are being hunted down…

‘One of the most exciting, original thriller writers out there. I never miss one of his book’ – SIMON KERNICK

My thoughts

There’s a really good reason why John Marrs has become one of my favourite authors. Put simply – he writes bloody good books!

The Minders is set in the same futuristic Britain that The One and The Passengers are set in, although it is not a series as such and each book is a standalone. It would be beneficial to understanding the way the direction the world has turned to have read those books first because, although events from those books are mentioned because they are relevant to the plotline in The Minders, this book is a story in its own right and doesn’t dwell on them.

I really enjoy the way time is taken to fully introduce each character and make sure the reader knows who they are and how they got to be the person they have become before then taking us on their transformational journey with them. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the five main characters but it is never confusing although the story is intriguing and gripped me from the first page. And John Marrs is not afraid of sucker-punching us occasionally.

I’m not sure how he manages to be so productive with such complicated and inventive plots but I’m glad he is. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long until his next book!

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