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From the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a picaresque tale of how one person’s actions can have far-reaching--even global--consequences

On 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.

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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
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4.1 / 5
misleading
April 24th, 2015
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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The girl who saved the king of Sweden
April 4th, 2015
Became a bit tedious & predictable. Could have been a bit more fast paced. Characters just bizzare enough to keep one interested.
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Good read
March 1st, 2015
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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The girl who saved the king of sweden
January 8th, 2015
Another great book by Jonas Jonasson. Great story, wonderful escape from the everyday. We need to see more from him.
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Meh...
January 8th, 2015
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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The girl who saved the king of sweden
January 6th, 2015
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.
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The girl who save the king of Sweden
September 22nd, 2014
Another fantastic read.
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Amusing story
August 4th, 2014
Lots of twists and turns which keeps the reader's attention
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The Girl Who Saved the King of Swede
August 4th, 2014
Excellent writing - a good humorous taste of personal and historical fiction A wonderfully humorous tale of personal and historical fiction.
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The girl who saved the king of Swede
July 30th, 2014
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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Almost as funny as "The Hundred Year
July 15th, 2014
I am a fan of this writer after reading these two books. A great way addition to my summer reading!
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1 person found this helpful
Highly recommended
July 6th, 2014
This is a great read. Filled with a sarcastic wit and humour throughout. Unpredictable and laugh out loud.
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Entertaining but somewhat slow read
July 4th, 2014
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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The girl who saved the king of Swede
June 26th, 2014
Witty, intelligent, fun, well written.
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The Girl Who Saved The King of Swede
June 22nd, 2014
Fun read! Jonasson has the ability to incorporate history into a whimsical story.
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June 20th, 2014
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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Another fun read from Jonasson
June 20th, 2014
I loved the 100 year old man and this book was just as entertaining!
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3 of 5 people found this helpful
Another great book by Jonasson.
June 12th, 2014
Jonasson other novel, "The 100 year old who climbed out the window and disappeared" . Both are fun witty with great story lines that keeps you interested in reading. I could hardly put them down. Can't wait for his next novel.
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Mr.
June 9th, 2014
A great story written from an up-to-date political view and the every day life of ordinary people.
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