The Minders by John Marrs
Published: February 2021 – Berkley
E-galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
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… (publisher)
My take: I have to confess I’m not much of a sci-fi reader but every once in a while I dip my toe into the genre. This is the third of John Marrs’ books I’ve read and I think I will always read his latest offering. They are entertaining, relatable (ok that might be a stretch) but they are believable enough to draw me along for the thrilling ride. So, all that said, I decided early on to just sit back and watch the story unfold. It’s one of those novels that a character list and brief description helped me keep things straight. Still, I had to pause occasionally to think about what was going on. Confusing? At times. Enjoyable? To the extent that I’m not a fan of violent acts in my reading, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. It’s extremely violent in parts and quite tender in some. All in all, I enjoyed it but be warned that this will fool with your mind – what is real and what is created to seem real?
9 thoughts on “The Minders”
I don’t think its for me, but I agree sometimes reading something like this outside our wheelhouse can suck us in. Usually with violence I skip right over that section!
Yes, I skip the violence too. Isn’t usually an issue with women’s fiction or romance but it probably happens there too. I just haven’t read them.
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Usually it is easy to skip violent bits and not lose any of the story!
I may have to dip my toe into that genre more often. Thanks for sharing.
John Marrs writes a good story and I’ve found that’s key to drawing me to the genre. Thanks for your comment, Laurel!
I’m not a big scifi reader either but when I do pick up a book in that genre I usually really enjoy it! I’ll definitely add Marrs to my To Try list!
Even more than the violence it is the mere mention whiff of the word conspiracy theory that puts me off this book. Not that I’m saying never, at the moment I just find myself leaning towards more sedate, conspiracy theory free reads.
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Sounds like one I would like to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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