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The Minders – John Marrs

The new high concept thriller from the author of the word-of-mouth sensation THE ONE – soon to be a Netflix original series.

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…

‘Marrs is brilliant at twists and for the addicts of adrenaline-fuelled twisty rides’ PETER JAMES

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

About the Author:  John Marrs is the author of The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Her Last Move and Welcome to Wherever You Are.

A former freelance journalist based in London, England, he spent twenty-five years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines until becoming a full-time author in 2018.

He has written for publications including the Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine and Company.

His books have been translated into twenty different languages and The One is soon to be a major new Netflix series.

My Review:

For those of you who follow me on this blog or THE Book Club will know I have a love/hate relationship with John Marrs – he absolutely LOVES me and I absolutely HATE him!  Actually the truth is I am a HUGE fan of all his books – having read The Wronged Sons in 2012 we struck up a friendship and I have been honoured to watch him grow from an unknown self-published journalist to a full time published author with a backlog of bestselling books, a Netflix series and a potential Hollywood film in the making.

John Marrs is, in my opinion, a very talented author who has the ability to write really dark and twisted psychological thrillers such as What Lies Between Us (see my review here), The Good Samaritan (see my review here) and of course the book that started it all – The Wronged Sons (now called When You Disappeared) – see my review here  AND then he produces mind blowing, head spinning semi-sci-fi, futuristic books like The One (see my review here) and The Passengers (see my review here) and his latest book The Minders (published on 23rd July) falls into the mind blowing, head spinning semi sci-fi futuristic pile – in fact it could actually be the love child of The One and The Passengers!.

Set in the future (but not too far), The Minders are a group of 5 unique and flawed characters who have been given the opportunity to walk away from their lives, have a fresh start and all they have to do is let the Government implant the UK’s most deadliest secrets and information into a teeny tiny microchip in their brain and then keep safe and under the radar for 5 years.  Sounds simple .. but in the usual Marr’s fashion – nothing is simple, no-one is who they say they are, everyone has secrets and someone out there wants them dead.

I loved the way John Marrs kept referring to the DNA Matches from The One and the driverless cars from The Passengers.  It felt like a like “inside secret” between the author and the reader and made the book even more enjoyable.

If you are a fan of conspiracy theories and love a bit of science-fiction then you will thoroughly enjoy The Minders.  Full of twists, turns, oohs and aahs, this book kept me gripped from the opening chapter to the final paragraph and I also admit to getting a bit teary in places.

 

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