The Minders by John Marrs #bookreview

Five strangers guard our secrets.
Only four can be trusted…

In the 21st century, information is king. But computers can be hacked and files can be broken into – so a unique government initiative has been born. Five ordinary people have been selected to become Minders – the latest weapon in thwarting cyberterrorism. Transformed by a revolutionary medical procedure, the country’s most classified 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. In return, they’re given the chance to leave their problems behind and a blank slate to start their lives anew.

But not everyone should be trusted, especially when they each have secrets of their own they’ll do anything to protect…

My thoughts on The Minders

I don’t often read techno thrillers (which I think is the correct term for The Minders, though correct me if I’m wrong). I always find books where technology is king a little too far-fetched, even though I’m probably just too much of a Luddite to realise how close to our future reality they may actually be. And it’s unlikely I’d have chosen to read The Minders if I hadn’t have read so many good things about Marrs in the past.

Starting out, I thought I had made a big mistake. I found it hard to put myself in this near future where people seem to have given lives over to such a degree to technology. Partly, it was because it felt like every page was presenting something new – cash banned, borders closed, people no longer falling in love but trusting their DNA will find them their perfect match. There were also so many characters and back stories to get my head around, though. I found myself going back over pages to remember who was who.

Gradually, though, they became more ‘solid’ and, with the picture of the future painted as well, I started to find the rhythm of the book. I was probably a third of a way in before then, and before I actually started enjoying myself. The rest went in somewhat of a blur as the pace picked up and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

Do I think it’s the best book I’ve ever read? No. And have I become a huge fan of Marrs? Again, no (mainly because this just isn’t my genre). But would I recommend it with caveats? Absolutely.


Emma x

Please note, I received this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own


  1. I love the fact that you regularly take yourself out of your comfort zone! lovely review:)). Techno thrillers aren’t my thing, either as I get very fed up with some of the cliches that often emerge… I enjoyed his book The One, but I didn’t get hold of a copy of this one.


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