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The Minders

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,311 ratings  ·  955 reviews
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 co
ebook, 433 pages
Published July 23rd 2020 by Ebury Digital
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you see the smoke cloud above my head following me everywhere? Nope, I’m smoking weeds to calm my nerves. I don’t smoke! I create smoke when I’m regularly cooking and burning the ingredients. But this time: the reason of the smoke is not my lack of culinary skills! After reading incredible mind numbing, extremely intelligent but also horrifying, captivating story, my brain cells find themselves into deep dish literature fryer.

My advise: Don’t try to put it down! I tried. It doesn’t work that
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, hoopla-libby
The Minders by John Marrs (Author), Katherine Press (Narrator), Oliver Hembrough (Narrator)

Although The Minders doesn't seem to be advertised as part of a series, I think it's more interesting to read The One and The Passengers before you read this book because both of those books are heavily referenced in The Minders and reading The Minders will spoil the earlier books. I enjoyed all three books but I do think this one was my favorite. At first it was hard to get my mind around the characters a

Terrifying. In More Ways than One.

Hacking. Everyone knows that computers can be hacked. After all, it happens every day, right?

The British Government, however, has decided to ensure that their top-secret information stays that way, and to do so, they’ve figured out a way to store their data, deep in the minds of 5, extremely brilliant, people who are, therefore, unhackable.

These individuals are known as “The Minders” and now that they’ve had top-secret information implanted i
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
John Marrs once again flaunts his WILD imagination!

He goes deep into sci-fi mode with this awesome book about a group of people who agree to allow TOP SECRET government information to be injected and stored in their heads to protect the country from cyber terrorists.

So, The Minders is very plot driven.
Action, action and more action in a high tech futuristic world. Actually the same world as The Passengers and The One so those books need to be read first. Unless you don't mind having their plo
3.5 Stars

**A warning that you should read The One and The Passengers before reading The Minders, because there are many spoilers for those books! **

A medical procedure implants secrets inside the brain of five 'Minders' using genetic code. They now know every secret, lie, conspiracy and cover up, but can they be trusted? And who is trying to hunt them down?

I really struggled with how to rate The Minders, and had to take some time to think about it. That is because the first half was very slow, a
John Marrs pulled it off again. A fabulous out–of-the-box thriller certain to leave you speechless.

Five random people…chosen by the government to become minders. Surely you ask... what is a minder? They are individuals willing to have an implant placed in their brains. Shouldn’t be a problem, right? After all, this innocent little implant merely contains all the British documents and secrets the government doesn’t want anyone to get a hold of. Computers and clouds are no longer safe.
Out in cybe
Peter (on semi hiatus and trying to catch up)
John Marrs delivers another fast-paced thriller with a compelling science fiction twist that stretches our imagination into a high tech and biotech future. In a world where governments are being hacked and held to ransom for their secrets by a group of cyber terrorists called the Hacking Collective, the UK has had to change its strategy yet again. The story starts with the Hacking Collective destroying the UK’s latest security defences and leaving their sensitive information prone to expo
Idk what my final rating is yet 🤷🏻‍♀️ Can’t wait to discuss this book in the live show this month!
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Do not mind me, but I am about to praise this highly original and riveting book!

Most who use the internet have some degree of fear about being hacked, their personal information stolen, used, etc. But what happens when an entire country gets hacked? How do you protect precious information? What can be done to keep top secret information just that - top secret?

Enter the Minders, a group of five individuals who have passed a test and have been selected to be the precious few to keep secre
John Marrs introduced us to his futuristic UK with “The One”

And he continued imagining that future with “The Passengers”

And, now we fast forward a bit further with “The Minders”

Global Warming has been renamed Global Heating, and the Hacking Collective, after taking even more lives with driverless vehicles, is now taking the secrets of countries around the World, through Cyberterrorism.

But, the UK has the answer...
Michael David (on hiatus)
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: published-review

*Review originally published on on 10/16/20.

THE MINDERS is the eight novel from John Marrs, but the third in the futuristic thriller genre...and it does not disappoint!

In the very near future, there is a Match Your DNA dating site and cars that run by themselves (Fans of the author will understand the references). A group known as the Hacking Collective recently got into the data of the driverless cars, and caused a massive act of terrorism that wa
Sheyla ✎
I like how The Minders is written in the same word as The Passengers and The One.

I believe it makes sense to read the first two books to get an idea of the world John Marrs has created.

This time, the Hacking Collective is ready to blackmailed countries into paying them what they want or having all their secrets revealed.

Many countries have fallen to this blackmail but the UK has not fallen yet. In order to prevent this, a new approach has been taken by the government with the help of the best s
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
"She vowed not to take the past with her. There was no room for ghosts in her present. She would no longer punish herself over her failings, only learn from them."

The story follows a wild diverse cast who are tasked to retain all government secrets and cover ups in the fear of hacking terrorists. Countries are now kneeling and being held hostage by the Hacking Collective. The British government is afraid that they might be next so drastic measures are being considered. What can't be hacked?
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Minders - John Marrs

4.5 stars rounded down.

John Marrs certainly has an active imagination. His books are all very different and all very good. This one is loosely connected to The One, which is about DNA matching to your perfect partner, and The Passengers, which is about self-drive (or autonomous) cars being hacked with terrible consequences. You don’t need to read those two first but it does give some relevant background. In this book, set in the near future, the British government is tryi
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know with a new John Marr's book you are in for a treat and this book was no diiferent,to me this book felt like a return to 'The One' style (THE book that got me writing reviews such was the impact it had on me,and soon to be a series on Netflix ) and also had some feel of 'The Passengers' in there as well,what more could a reader and a fan want?
Set in the future this book has an amazing tense start which literally had me hooked from the first paragraph, you are then thrust into the world o
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I enjoyed The One! I read it, and then I listened to it. I loved The Passengers and thought John Marrs was on top of his game with this entertaining, chilling action-packed, fast track ride to the unthinkable where technology and humans collide in more ways than one. Both are not to miss, and it's a good idea to read them before The Minders.

The Minders again draws us into the world of humans and technology, and hackers are upping their game here. The Minders is set in the near future after both
Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)
Your secret's safe with them...or is it?

**Quick warning: read The One and The Passengers before grabbing this one. Marrs' semi-futuristic world truly informs the plot of this story, and in my opinion, it would make less sense without context.**

In a world replete with hackers, where can the government hide its most scandalous and potentially dangerous secrets? Why, in the cracks and crevices of the human brain, where they are stored as DNA of course! 5 ordinary citizens with certain gifts (synest
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Oh my. What did I just read.
It’s exciting, it’s gripping, it’s edge of your seat, it gives you trembles, it gives you an open mouth “what,” feeling.

One of his previous books The One was one of my top books of that year, can this surpass that?

This is set into the future BUT it’s so hands on up to date you’ll be amazed at this science.

Imagine keeping hackers out and not gaining Top Secret Security information inside their heads. Yes that right.

First they h
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent way to start the month! FRTC
Jul 05, 2022 rated it liked it
Reading this group of books in order and this being the third I was a bit disappointed. The One and The Passengers were brilliant but this one severely lacked that suspense factor. With rich and great characters and a very well thought out plan you really needed that bit of heart hammering moments.

I did enjoy it and hope we get to see more in this group.
Susan - on semi hiatus
Do-Overs Here!

Five bright characters whose lives are at an intersection choose to be Minders.

They’ve answered a general ad stating “Click here if you’d like to start your life again”. Only a small percentage of the population qualify and have passed an entrance puzzle before interviewing and moving on to the The Programme.

What is the Programme? Answer: The UK has developed an innovative method to safeguard government secrets combining biology and technology with genetic code. The living hosts of
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I enjoyed The Minders...I didn't love it.

I'm a long-time John Marrs fan...he's an author I consistently give five star ratings. (A rarity for me.) Unfortunately, I couldn't give this book more than 3.5 stars (I am rounding up is John Marrs, after all).

First, let me add this caveat...if you haven't read his previous books, The One and The Passengers, DO NOT read this book. It contains spoilers. Honestly, I think these three books should be labeled as a series. Though they're all
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Minders was the perfect combination of The One and The Passengers and is already on my top ten favorite books for this year. This book checks off all the boxes you'd want in a thriller. Alternating perspectives, huge twists, interesting characters, originality, and constantly making you turn pages.

I read The One and The Passengers in preparation for this book and I'm so happy that I did. While you don't necessarily need to know the previous books to read this, there's a lot of characters/co
Kat (Books are Comfort Food)
This is a highly enthralling and fascinating book for which i was completely engrossed. I apologize to anyone I may have offended, as I ignored you while reading this book.

I read Marrs books slowly, as to avoid missing important tidbits and I frequently feel the need to think about what I’ve just read.

The minders is the 3rd futuristic (not fantasy) book by John Marrs, following “The One” and “The Passengers”. All three books are so well-written and so become believable, especially the times in
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
This is the third book in a semi-series (The One, The Passengers, The Minders). You don't have to read them in order but each refers back to the others so it makes for a more meaningful sequence of reading if you do.

That said, this was probably my least favorite of the three (although still really good! Totally worth reading!). It is a bit more convoluted than the others and although there are a couple of good twists that I didn't see coming, overall the concept was a little more esoter
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
So, you’ve read ‘The One’ and ‘The Passengers’, it’s time to finish up the saga and see how the British government is experimenting with storing all of their secrets and data to protect the country from the ever present Hackers! We follow five ‘Minders’ as they keep these secrets in genetic code 🧬 in their brains. We watch the story unfold from all of their POVs as they work to lead ‘normal’ lives while keeping their guard up against hackers who will take their lives for the info in their brains ...more
The Minders was my first book by John Marrs but now I am beyond excited to read all of his other works!

I had no idea that this was set in the same universe as The One and The Passengers, but it didn't impact on my enjoyment of the story- only made me more excited to read those! We follow four people tasked with becoming 'minders' of the UK's most highly classified information. Because of their neurological capabilities stemming from their synthesia, their brains are essentially unhackable.

Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I absolutely love John Marrs and he is one of my “auto-buy” authors, meaning I’ll read anything he writes! I was so excited to get my hands on a early copy of The Minders. The Minders is set in the future, and scientists have figured out a way to implant sensitive government information into people’s heads, and the book follows several of these people, known as “Minders”. The book is told through multiple points of views, primarily from the different Minders. I really enjoyed that aspect, as we ...more

This sounds like it is going to be eerie and highly suspenseful. As Techno-Thriller's go, y'all know I'm down for that.

ARC received!!!

Thank you so much, Berkley. You are soooooo good to me and I greatly appreciate it!

Katie Colson
Mar 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Gabby and I's live show for the Book Troop:

I read this for The Book Troop, hosted by my friend, Gabby from Gabbyreads. I am so glad she asked me to take part because I have adored John Marrs books in the past.

But let's cut to the chase. This book is bad. It isn't just confusing and slow and nonsensical. It's bad. In every single way. I am struggling to think of something I did like.

HE SPOILS 'THE ONE' and 'THE PASSENGERS' on page 12 of this book. Both of those books
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John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, The Vacation, Her Last Move, The Passengers, The Minders and What Lies Between Us. Keep It In The Family and The Marriage Act are released soon.
What Lies won the International Thriller Writers' Best Paperback of 2021 award.
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