The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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"In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Put to work at five years old and orphaned at ten, she quickly learns that the world expects nothing more from her than to die young, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko has grander plans. She learns to read and write, and at just fifteen, using her cunning and fearlessness, she makes it out of Soweto with millions of smuggled diamonds in her possession. Then things take a turn for the worse... Nombeko ends up the prisoner of an incompetent engineer in a research facility working on South Africa's secret nuclear arsenal. Yet the unstoppable Nombeko pulls off a daring escape to Sweden, where she meets twins named Holger One and Holger Two, who are carrying out a mission to bring down the Swedish any means necessary. Nombeko's life ends up hopelessly intertwined with the lives of the twins, and when the twins arrange to kidnap the Swedish king and prime minister, it is up to our unlikely heroine to save the day--and possibly the world"--from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062329127
Branch Call Number: F JON NVD
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Willson-Broyles, Rachel


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Aug 22, 2017

I absolutely loved this book. Cunningly written! I've actually had the pleasure of meeting this particular King a couple of times and truly believe he would be as good natured and funny as he is in the book!

Jun 20, 2017

I read it and liked it but oddly enough I don't recall much about it.

Jun 08, 2017

Amazing! One of the best books I have ever read. : D

Jan 24, 2017

Reminds me of Carl Hiaasen, but a little more subdued.

Apr 15, 2016

Loved the book - clever, funny and often surreal. I appreciate the author expressing his opinion, vision and take on certain political figures, personalities and countries. Some of those thoughts are contrary to public opinion but that what makes this book so interesting.

The very last part could be a bit shorter, but as a reader you choose what and how you read, so I just skipped some parts. Otherwise, an excellent read.

Jan 31, 2016

Good, but 100 pages too long.

Jul 21, 2015

I picked up this book on my vacation in
France to pass time on the train. However, the constant storyline kept my interests and I ended up engulfing the entire story on my trip. It tells a capturing tale of characters around the world that met in a twirl of fate. The story of the main character from her early years to adulthood and all of her experiences is truly exquisite. The clever humor and informational aspect of the novel also entertains the reader. From a story of a South-African girl, I learned about political history. The international awareness this book gives to the reader is overbearing. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in political affairs and anyone who does not. This book is a great read and deserves a place in your minds.

Jun 09, 2015

By the same authour as 100 Year-old-man-who-climbed-out-a-window-and-ran-away. I enjoyed the 100 Year-old-man…. As it placed the one character at many of the major cross-roads of the past century. The contrivances were amusing and the authour made it seem almost possible. This book was too much like the first book. Not fresh.

May 05, 2015

This was a fantastic book, I loved it!

AliReads Nov 26, 2014

Convoluted and funny and fascinating! Very cleverly done.

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Jul 06, 2015

“The world went on revolving around its sun at the constant speed and with the inconstant temper it always had.”

Sep 02, 2014

"... he let his brain go in four different directions at the same time. Anyone who has involuntarily driven around with an atomic bomb in the back of his truck knows the feeling."

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Jan 21, 2015

ogoshi100 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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