#ATBR2021 – The Minders by John Marrs

Another Marrs book for the #allthebookreviews duo and another hit!

Thanks to Berkley Publishing for the free early copies in exchange for our honest reviews

THE MINDERS – John Marrs (Released February 16th, 2021)

Book Description:

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…

Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars

John Marrs is one of my all time favorite authors.  It’s so rare that I’ve now read 6 of his books and every single one of them has been 5 stars.  What can I say, I’m fascinated with his mind.  He is a genius and noone can tell me different.  With The Minders, he brings yet another scary situation where some very special people get classified governmental information implanted into their minds. SAY WHAT.

One thing that I absolutely love is when an author references his other books.  There’s that FEELING you get when recognize these and in The Minders, he definitely gives a nod to his other books – mostly with The One and Passengers and I couldn’t have been happier to see that!  But fear not, you can read this just fine without having read those, though I highly recommend you go back because they’re freaking amazing.

I’m not going to bore you with the endless things I loved about this read.  I’ll just say that you’ll want to read this.  Chock full of twisty little moments and (some) characters I hope to see again, this is a full on win and the best way to end my February reads.

Mr. Marrs – you have a fan in me and I can’t wait to see what else you bring to the table.  I would love to pick your mind someday.

Readers – if you haven’t read any of his work, I implore  you to do so now. 

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

John Marrs has been an auto-buy author for me for quite some time. I’ve loved everything since THE GOOD SAMARITAN and he has not disappointed this time. THE MINDERS is another science fiction meets thriller and this is action packed from start to finish. More of a plot driven book than character driven and it worked really well. What I really enjoy about these futuristic plots is that they don’t that far-fetched, like this doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility in the near future.

Would you want to be responsible for keeping all of the government’s most protected information? Imagine having it all stored directly into your mind. Everything government lie and cover up, everything conspiracy theory that is actually true, classified information of all kinds. I don’t think I could do it. It would be so hard to make sure nothing slips out in conversation or not being able to tell anyone. What I will always love about the books by Marrs is that they are so unique. There aren’t any other thrillers out there, that I’m aware of, that are similar. This isn’t the same kind of suspense plot or have the same tropes.

What I liked the most was that this was in the same universe as his other books, THE ONE and THE PASSENGERS. I would highly recommend reading both, because they’re incredible, if you don’t want the potential of things getting spoiled in those books. You don’t need to read them in order to follow along and get this book as it is a standalone. Once again, John Marrs has cemented his place as an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next.

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