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Publisher's Summary

In this electrifying near-future thriller, five strangers guard government secrets, but 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....

©2021 John Marrs (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Marrs excels at thrilling readers by creating a real sense of tension and delivering a believeable, harsh criticism of modern society." (LA Times)

“This page-turner never sacrifices the characters’ humanity for the sake of plot. Marrs has definitely upped his game.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Don’t start here!!

This book is much more enjoyable if you’ve listened/read his other books! I’m so glad that I preordered this. If you like his other works, definitely listen to this one!

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Not the author's best work

After finishing What Lies Between Us I was excited to drive in to the supposed continuation of The One and Passengers only to find it misses the mark big time. John Marrs is a master of edge of your seat twists and literary rabbit holes but for some reason none of that was present with this entry. The narrative, though interesting, left a lot on the table and characters you were meant to care for suddenly get purged in extremely uncharacteristic ways. I wasn't sure who I should root for by the end and felt as though the final revelation was cheap and cheesy. I still have hope for John Marrs as a great author but this book was not it for me.

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I wish I had known to read the other books first.

I enjoyed this story and it was interesting to listen to, however I hope it doesn't spoil the other two books.

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Thought Provoking Thriller!

The Minders are five ordinary people who have all of the British government secrets implanted into their brains. Each one must leave their current lives behind. With the help of new identities, they will hide in plain sight while protecting these secrets. They are the government’s quick way to keep the top-secret information offline and prevent it from being retrieved by a cyberterrorist group. Can the British government stay ahead of the hackers? What’s the impact on the minders?

John Marrs fans will immediately notice that The Minders takes place in the world of The One and The Passengers. For those new to Marrs’ books, you don’t have to read either book first, but reading them will enhance your enjoyment of this one.

All five minders had interesting and unique stories. None of the five reacted to their shared situation in the same way. I liked how some weren’t likable while I felt drawn to others. Of the five, Flick was my favorite. I was captivated by her story. It is linked to the storyline from The One, which I really enjoyed. The aftermath of the DNA matching dating site scandal has left Flick despondent and estranged from everyone in her life. I felt for her. I was invested in her quest for a new life.

The narrators are excellent! They effectively conveyed the range of emotions that the minders felt as they live through this British government experiment. Both narrators give distinct voices to the large group of characters in this book.

The Minders is a creative, thought-provoking thriller with gasp-inducing twists and interesting characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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John Marrs

John Marrs continues to impress me with each novel he releases. I love the way he references subjects, plots and events from previous books he has written. Even if this is your first John Marrs book, there is no problem following the previous books events. It’s just like a special bonus for someone like me who has listened to all of his books. Enjoy!

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Thrilling mind/bending science fiction

I read The One and enjoyed it but this one was even better. It is not for the squeamish though— there’s plenty of violence—- but it is more engaging in many ways. There is still romance but this one keeps you thinking about all typed of love: filial love, love amongst friends, and romantic love. It helps if you’ve read The One first . I had not read his book about autonomous cars and I was okay.

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Great story

Loved the ending! Caught me by surprise! Wished story was longer, it was so good!

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Loved it!

John Marrs is one of my new favorites. This is the 4th I've read by him and thoroughly enjoyed every one. I do think you should read The One and Passengers before this one, as there are references in this book to those two. Love the narration!

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loved it.

loved the characters and the plot twists had me guessing every new but of information given. definitely would recommend!

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Love John Marrs

Such an imagination and a great way to express it. For me, not quite as brilliant as the others, as I was a bit confused in parts, and even though the last few chapters explained the difficulties I had, they didn't quite convince or sound true. I look forward to listening to more from Mrs Marrs, hopefully soon.