March 2, 2021

The Minders – John Marrs

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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Massive thanks to the publisher Del Rey for my copy of The Minders – which I won by being incredibly witty on Twitter (it had something to do with keeping MY secrets in a 1980’s Keyper… remember them? Showing my age now…)


Published on 17th September 2020 by Del Rey The Minders is mind-blowing. I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago and have needed that time to get over my book hangover.

Imagine a world in the not too distant future. A world where the UK’s secrets aren’t safe anymore. MI5 have taken the decision to keep our secrets moving to safeguard them from theft or discovery – literally. Government secrets, top secret documents and other tasty tit-bits (what really happened to Princess Diana for example) have been loaded into the back of articulated lorries and now travel the UK road network endlessly.

Until the lorries are discovered and an attempted robbery takes place. As a temporary measure, until a more secure and permanent place can be found – the documents are loaded into a biological disc and implanted into the brain of 5 humans.

So far so weird right? Stay with me!

Each of the minders have shown themselves to be highly intelligent and analytical and capable of keeping these secrets safe. In return for keeping these secrets they get the chance to start their lives again anywhere they choose in the UK – new identity, everything. The price? They will be hunted from day one and MUST keep these secrets safe.

What the government didn’t plan for was The Minders having their very own secrets that they also want to keep safe.

This book is something else. Again it’s one of those novels that I read and on more than one occasion thought “How did he come up with this?!” and then caught myself as it’s probably not too much of a leap for it to actually happen – as the blurb states, computers can be hacked… is anything ever safe?

Highly recommended!

My thanks again to Del Rey for my copy of the book – this review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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