Book Review: The Minders by John Marrs

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…

I’m fairly new to John Marrs’ books (this is the third that I’ve read) but I’ve enjoyed the all immensely.

The Minders is another twisty, action packed book that was easy and engaging to read. Set in the same future as The One and The Passengers (although you don’t need to have read those to enjoy this one), this has the same focus on future science and technology (that goes a bit wrong).

This time we are following six people all involved in the Minders programme. Recruited in part due their synesthesia our Minders have all volunteered to have the nations secrets implanted into their brains using a DNA bubble that will last 5 years. Yes the science is rather questionable, but it doesn’t matter – just go with it. In exchange for their services out Minders all get new identities and the promise of being financially set for life.

Through the book we gradually find out what drove the Minders into the programme – even as they are being hunted down by people who want to destroy them.

Although all the Minders has their reasons for joining the programme it was Sinéad and Bruno who I really felt for.

I lived the twists and turns that the story took us through. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

With thanks to Del Rey books for a copy in exchange for honest review.

The Minders is available now.

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