Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Minders” as Want to Read:
The Minders
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Minders

by
4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  232 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
...more
ebook, 433 pages
Published July 23rd 2020 by Ebury Digital
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Minders, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,119 ratings  ·  232 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Minders
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
...more
preoccupiedbybooks
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
...more
Michael David
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: published-review
*Review originally published on mysteryandsuspense.com 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 was “the single biggest l
...more
Oscar
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?
...more
Farrah
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
...more
Mark
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
...more
Sue

Twitter |
Goodreads |
Blog |
Instagram |

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
...more
Bibi
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent way to start the month! FRTC
sarah xoxo
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.

Fl
...more
Carolyn
In his new thriller John Marrs has once again given us a highly original story, taking us back into his futuristic world of autonomous vehicles and gene matching for the perfect marriage that he established in The Passengers and The One. This time, the world is threatened by the group known as the Hacking Collective, who are hacking into highly classified government documents and blackmailing countries to not reveal their darkest secrets. Several countries have already been bankrupted and Britai ...more
Louise Wilson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in the future where five specially selected people are trained and medically manipulated to store the country's most sensitive data into their brains. Together the five Minders know every secret behind the Government's lies, cover ups and conspiracy theories. But someone knows who the five are. One by one, they are being hunted down.

This is a fast paced read that's full of twists and lots of characters who have complicated lives. Each chapter is told from a different Minders point of view.
...more
Sonja Arlow
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-read
I was sooooo looking forward to this book. This author is normally a sure thing with me as his books consistently deliver imaginative fast paced escapism.

This book also contains elements of The One and The Passengers (both which I loved) so it ticked all the boxes.

But the story felt unnecessarily convoluted and although all his books ask you to suspend belief a little the core concept of this one was just flawed from the get-go.

The UK government is so desperate to protect their most sensitive in
...more
Linda Harris
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a bit of a strange one.... Story seemed bit far fetched but as you get into the book you think nah maybe it's not !
I really enjoyed it .... The ending is ...... Well you'll have to read this book and find out 😆
This is only my 2nd John Marrs book but that will be rectified ASAP
Pauline
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoy reading John Marrs books and I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of his new book The Minders.
I enjoyed this book and all it’s twists and turns about a government programme to install the nation’s secrets into the brains of members of the public to keep it safe from cyber attacks.
Some really good characters and the tension grew from Chaper to Chaper.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK - Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tania
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my 6th book by this author, and he is fast becoming one of my favorites. The biggest reason for this is that his books are wildly inventive and fast-paced which makes for a compulsive reading experience.

In The Minders John Marrs does what he does best, creates a full cast of characters taking turns narrating each chapter, and ensuring that every chapter ends in a mini-cliffhanger, so you just have to read one more... I also liked that he included plotlines from his previous books, so be
...more
Louise Wilson
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the future where five specially selected people are trained and medically manipulated to store the country's most sensitive data inside their brains. Together the five Minders know every secret behind the Government's lies, cover ups and conspiracy theories. But someone knows who the five are. One by one, they are being hunted down.

This is a fast paced read that's full of twists and lots of characters who have complicated lives. Each chapter is told from a different Minders point of view
...more
Bookread2day
My review on www.bookread2day.wordpress.com

The Minders is by John Marrs from the bestselling author of the hit Netflix drama The One.

The Minders is the first book that I have read by John Marrs. I really would have liked to have read The One and The Passengers.

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

I liked the weird idea of match your DNA pairing, with years earlier, scientists had discovered a gene that all humans possessed and was shared with just one other person. They co
...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
description

**Spoiler-free Review**

‘Click here to start your life again.’
‘Less than one percent of the British population can solve this puzzle. Can you?’


The Minders by John Marrs is gripping! It’s so incredibly intense; a twisted roller coaster so fast-paced you literally cannot move or attempt to do anything else. Once again John Marrs teases with a chapter from each main character, which in its very own way ends in an ‘OMG what?!’ before moving on to the next character’s chapter. You feel like you’re rac
...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Click here to start your life again.
The most important thing I need to tell you about The Minders is that it is set in the same world as The One and The Passengers.

While you could technically read this book as a standalone, ginormous spoilers are included in this book about characters and events from the other books. Make sure you read them in publication order if you’re ever going to read more than one or you risk ruining your reading experience.

Now that we’ve seen firsthand the complicatio
...more
Sasa aka Sasko
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another little sc-fi masterpiece from John Marrs!
The Book Review Café
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Once again John Marrs has written a belter of a book, it’s one that will take you on a terrifying, suspense filled journey into the unknown. Once upon a time in the not too distant future our country's classified information comes under attack. The is only one way to defeat cyberterrorism and the threat of hacking, and that’s taking everything offline, but what do with such information? You put it in the care of the Minders (don’t forget we’re talking about the future here where anything is poss ...more
Susie Wang
Apr 17, 2020 is currently reading it
Guess who got the manuscript of this one? Me! It's got a new title now, The Minders. I need to clear my schedule so I can have an immersive experience with this book.
Adah Udechukwu
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Minders is a five star novel.
Mandy White
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, audible
Another fantastic read from john Marrs. Loved how it tied into The One and Passengers, very cleverly done.

Highly recommend
Meggy - Chocolate'n'Waffles
** TOTALLY NOT CONFIDENTIAL**

Not-so-secret: book lovers eyes only. Classified ‘review’, this document is the property of Her Majesty Meggy Roussel’s, aka Your Loveliness, minutes of reading journal / blog notes. Re: John Marrs’ THE MINDERS novel.

*Please note this is an account of Meggy Roussel’s reading experience. Portion of texts – exclamations, swear words – have been redacted to allow this document to be shared online without shocking the public.

Location: Chocolate’n’Waffles headquarters, ak
...more
Julie Lacey
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great thriller with a difference.
I’ll quote from the blurb first as I’ll never do it justice with my explanation of the story:
“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
...more
Kath Middleton
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The latest John Marrs story will tickle your inner conspiracy theorist. There are minutes of secret meetings but when these are translated into real people’s lives things become quite horrific. We follow the lives of several individuals so keep your wits sharp. I really enjoyed (as I always do with this author’s novels) following the ramifications of people’s choices. Things turned out quite unexpectedly for me, but after some great exciting moments, the ending was very satisfying. A great read.
Susan Hampson
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This story begins with tension that never goes away throughout the book. Set in the not too distant future technology has overtaken itself with hackers being able to break just about any encrypted code and steal its contents, so the government had come up with an idea of loading all their secrets, past and present onto various forms of transport and keeping them constantly moving. By air by sea and by boat, robotically driven while being watched by a specialised team, that is until a specialised ...more
Sarah
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Admittedly this took me slightly longer to get into than usual for this authors books. If you are a fan of the authors then you will no doubt of read The Passengers and The One, of which are both phenomenal books. Whilst I am sure this can easily be read as a standalone for anyone who hasn’t read them, but if like me you have, this felt like some sort of follow on. Am probably totally wrong in my thinking but it kind of threw me as I hadn’t really expected two other standalone novels for their s ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
description

description

**Spoiler-free Review**

‘Click here to start your life again.’
‘Less than one percent of the British population can solve this puzzle. Can you?’


The Minders by John Marrs is gripping! It’s so incredibly intense; a twisted roller coaster so fast-paced you literally cannot move or attempt to do anything else. Once again John Marrs teases with a chapter from each main character, which in its very own way ends in an ‘OMG what?!’ before moving on to the next character’s chapter. You feel like you’re ra
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • My Lovely Wife
  • Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5)
  • The Ringmaster (Sam Shephard #2)
  • Overkill (Sam Shephard #1)
  • The Hit List
  • Blubber
  • Anne of the Island / Anne's House of Dreams
  • Sin Eater
  • The Mist (Hidden Iceland #3)
  • George's Marvellous Medicine
  • Breakfast at Bronzefield
  • The Pull of the Stars
  • Hinton Hollow Death Trip (Detective Sergeant Pace #3)
  • Mexican Gothic
  • Gray Genesis
  • The Choice
  • Blood Red City
See similar books…
3,156 followers
John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are, Her Last Move, The Passengers, The Minders and What Lies Between Us.
The One has been translated into 30 different languages and is to be turned into an eight-part Netflix series starting in autumn 2020.
After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from
...more

Related Articles

If you love the fantasy genre, this is the season for you! Some of the biggest books out this fall promise to be epics full of magic, adventure,...
187 likes · 49 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you need to fill your glass with more gin.” 0 likes
“It’s about our community and how we’re all made up of the people we surround ourselves with. None of us is an island, no matter how much water there is between us. Even you.” 0 likes
More quotes…