The Minders

The Minders : Five strangers guard our secrets. Four can be trusted.

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The new Black Mirror-esque thriller from the author of the word-of-mouth sensation THE ONE - soon to be a Netflix original series.
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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...
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'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

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"Gripping! It's so incredibly intense; a twisted roller coaster so fast-paced you literally cannot move or attempt to do anything else. John Marrs has a unique formula and it's magnificent. This storyline of shocks, thrills and intensity. It's not only fascinating but overwhelmingly frightening too."- Totally Booked

"A total delight. A hugely enthralling thriller, I will read more John Marrs, as he's one not to be missed from now on in my bookish world." - What Do I Read Now?

"It's not far-fetched, it's so close you can almost touch it. The hunt was merciless. It was breath-taking, delivered with punchy and pacey chapters. John Marrs knows how to throw punches! The Minders is an absolute belter of a book. John Marrs is a genius writer who reeled me in again with an addictive, more-real than real, edge-of-your-seat and twisty tale of what might await us sooner than we think." - Chocolate'n' Waffles
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 28mm | 312g
  • Del Rey
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781529100655
  • 225,807

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Fast paced and exciting, The Minders is a story that grips you from page one and doesn't let go until the very final word. It was twisty, violent, dark and utterly unique, it's a story that surprised me and left me stunned. It's definitely a book I will be recommending and one I would love to see on screen one day too.
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Marrs ensures you suspend your disbelief sufficiently to inveigle you within the lives of the Minders - and then you'll be hooked. * SciFi Bulletin * Gripping! It's so incredibly intense; a twisted roller coaster so fast-paced you literally cannot move or attempt to do anything else. John Marrs has a unique formula and it's magnificent. This storyline of shocks, thrills and intensity. It's not only fascinating but overwhelmingly frightening too. * Baker's Not So Secret Blog * A hit the road running story that turns into a marathon that never stops. The story-line is superb, the likelihood possible and the outcome so believable. I was like a rabbit in headlights, mesmerized by what was in front of me but totally thrown by what was behind it all. * Books from Dusk Til Dawn * This being a John Marrs story, there is a sting in the tale, a twisted complex and multi-layered back story which is woven throughout the book. You wonder where and how it ties in with everything else - an experiment gone wrong perhaps - and as the story plays out the tension, and the speed of the action, begins to increase. This was a book that had me from the start and kept my attention right to the last page. Tense, exciting, with brilliant characters and a very though provoking and intriguing plot, I loved this. Definitely recommended. This has Netflix special written all over it. * Jen Med's Book Reviews * 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. * Compulsive Readers * A totally believable futuristic element weaved throughout the book and given the current climate it seemed even more believable. I really enjoyed this book! I loved getting to know the five minders and how they worked/functioned, but I also liked how John brought to life certain conspiracy theories, how items that were made real life in the book. I urge you to go and pick up. You will not be disappointed! * Fuel the Blog * Fast paced and exciting, The Minders is a story that grips you from page one and doesn't let go until the very final word. It was twisty, violent, dark and utterly unique, it's a story that surprised me and left me stunned. It's definitely a book I will be recommending and one I would love to see on screen one day too. * It's All About the Books * An addictive cyber crime thriller that is audacious and brilliant in its concept. Slick, fast paced the book is a rush from page one to the very unexpected ending. A compulsive read from an author whose previous work has also been daring and enjoyably well plotted. If you haven't read any by this author I recommend you do he never fails to deliver a mind blowing read. * Books Behind the Title * John Marrs is one of the most interesting authors I have come across in a long time. Each of his novels is a standalone with a story that has kept me hooked. * A Crime Reader's Blog * For me this was a read that verged from speculative into dystopian and yet was firmly grounded in the here and now. I loved the entire concept. Marrs gives readers their pound of flesh and plenty of food for thought. I really enjoyed the way the author wanders into these futuristic ideas that are absolutely viable given the right conditions. * Cheryl MM's Book Blog * Well, The Minders has "ADAPT ME FOR NETFLIX" written all over it! This is a compelling thriller. I was intrigued by the plot outline but after reading it, I can't believe how cleverly he brought his future world to life. A dark, gripping and unpredictable storyline that sits on your chest, slowing crushing you with the weight of its oppressive moral tale and shocking outcomes. I couldn't put it down! * My Chestnut Reading Tree * This author is adept at creating scary scenarios that have the edge of possibility of coming true in the not-so-distant future [...] Tense stuff! * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *
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About John Marrs

John Marrs is a former journalist from Northamptonshire, England, who spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.

He wrote for publications including The Guardian's Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World's Sunday Magazine.

He recently gave up his job to write novels full time. His first car at the age of seventeen was a three-door, Ford Escort with a Batman sticker in the rear windscreen. He thought the sticker was cool at the time.
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Rating details

4,562 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,201)
4 39% (1,775)
3 27% (1,231)
2 6% (292)
1 1% (63)
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