The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas JonassonThe Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden

byJonas Jonasson

Paperback | September 30, 2016

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In June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but the truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects.

Here is where the tale merges with then diverges from reality. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is the story of the seventh missile, the one that was never supposed to have existed. Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she's on the run from both the South African justice system and the most terrifying secret service in the world. The fate of the planet now lies in Nombeko's hands.

Jonasson introduces us to a cast of eccentrics: a nerve-damaged American Vietnam deserter, twin brothers who are officially only one person, three careless Chinese girls, an angry young woman, a potato-growing baroness, the Swedish king and the prime minister. Quirky and utterly unique, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is a charming and humorous account of one young woman's unlikely adventure.

JONAS JONASSON is a former journalist and media consultant. He lives in Sweden. Visit him at or on Facebook.
Title:The Girl Who Saved The King Of SwedenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781443431590

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but not great!! I enjoyed the book and found it quirky and amusing but definitely preferred The 100 year old man who climbed out a window.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl who saved the King of Sweeden A fun book to read. The misadventures of Nombeko and her cohorts are amusing , and the writing style makes them seem almost belivable.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious If you're gonna tell a lie, it may as well be a whopper. Like the hundred year old man, this is a grand tale that makes no one expect it to be truthful, only entertaining. It is good entertainment to the end.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from misleading The most ridiculous book I have ever read. Goes from, the sublime (horrific) to the ridiculous. Abso.utely unbelievable, even though I knew it was a satire.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of Sweden Became a bit tedious & predictable. Could have been a bit more fast paced. Characters just bizzare enough to keep one interested.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I did not enjoy this as much as his 100 year old man story. I found the characters of the first brother and his girlfriend to be tiresome after a while. The rest of the story was good and well written.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Read I had so much fun reading this book -- and literally laughed out loud. I love how Jonasson tells stories, they are so unlikely and rambly, and there are different threads, but at the same time, everything comes together in the craziest of ways. He also peppers his stories with interesting observations of life and how people act and politics. He certainly doesn't shy away from big issues. The characters are quirky and likable and the writing is engaging. I raced through this book, eager to see where all of the crazy scenarios would lead.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of sweden Another great book by Jonas Jonasson. Great story, wonderful escape from the everyday. We need to see more from him.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... I finished it because I felt obligated to do so for my book club. I thought the patter of 'the 100 year-old man who...' was cute, but when it appeared again in this novel it just felt inauthentic.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of sweden Quite a confabulated read. Lots of twists and loops. Very enjoyable. Really needed to get !to the end to find out what the outcome was.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who save the king of Sweden Another fantastic read.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Saved the King of Swede Excellent writing - a good humorous taste of personal and historical fiction A wonderfully humorous tale of personal and historical fiction.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl who saved the king of Swede I love Jonas Jonasson novels and this one didn't disappoint. It,s a fun journey through history while reading a fantastic story.
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Date published: 2014-07-15
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended This is a great read. Filled with a sarcastic wit and humour throughout. Unpredictable and laugh out loud.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining but somewhat slow read This story was witty and decently entertaining, but it was at times slow-paced and I found myself always putting it down.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Saved The King of Swede Fun read! Jonasson has the ability to incorporate history into a whimsical story.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from -.- Having read The Hundred Year Old Man, I was excited to begin this. I was deeply disappointed. I disliked the characters, found the entire situation ludicrous, and was just annoyed reading it.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humourous I read this book after Reading The Hundred Year Old Man, I found it to be humerous, but not quite as funny as his previous novel. It is well worth resding
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swedish humour at its best This may be the funniest book I have ever read. It is even better than "The Old Man who climbed out the window & disappeared" - by the same author. If you are looking for a humorous romp, this is it. I now look forward to his next book.
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