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How Not to Save the World (A Remi Austin Adventure) [Kindle Edition]

J. Yinka Thomas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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“How far would you go to advance your career? To save a country? These are the questions posed in this ... smart, sexy, first novel.” – John Manuel, author of THE CANOEIST“

"Remi Austin is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan action figures in contemporary American fiction.” – John L. Jackson Jr., author of RACIAL PARANOIA

“A futuristic, fast-paced thriller with lots of action and some truly James Bondian technology. Fun to read." – Joyce Clark Allen, author of HANNAH’S HOUSE

Remi Austin is a fundraiser for the African Peace Collaborative (APC), a conflict resolution nonprofit founded by her late mother. Frustrated by her inability to raise funds and faced with the imminent closure of the APC, Remi turns to a life of crime to keep her nonprofit afloat. From Sydney, to Tokyo, Geneva and Cape Town, Remi transforms from a fundraiser too shy to speak during staff meetings into a daring international art thief who must stop a war from breaking out and figure out how to save herself from a life behind bars. With the help of her best friend, a designer and inventor who creates gadget-packed gowns, Remi eludes a dashing insurance agent and a terrifying stalker, all while redistributing the wealth of the world, one work of art at a time.

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  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 110505005X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WKTVNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping For A Sequel! October 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and find that I'm still thinking about it. Remi Austin is a fascinating character, and the web of characters around her is well developed. The plot is intricate, well put together, and Remi's multi-faceted personality will draw you in and keep you guessing about her next move.

The story is centered around Remi's quest to raise money for the African Peace Collaborative (APC), a nonprofit founded by her late mother. She is dedicated to keeping the APC afloat after her mother's death, but her dedication leads her to adopt the most unorthodox ways of raising money. I very much enjoyed following her on her journey, as Remi tries to reconcile her hunger for social justice with her crimes as an art thief.

To me some of the best parts of her adventures are the places Remi visits. From San Francisco to Geneva to Tokyo to Dakar, I felt transported to each of these cities. Thomas' descriptions are so vivid, detailed and real that I could almost smell each place Remi visited.

The end is surprising and well thought through, but I won't spoil it for other readers, I will only look forward to Remi's next adventures...

Overall, I highly recommend this book to those interested in suspense books, or as a gift to anyone interested in social change, sustainable development, and international travel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book! If you like Stephanie Plum, you will love this! If you find yourself trying to save the world and are frustrated, you will love this. If you wish you had a best friend that could make you James Bond type gadgets, you will love this book! I found myself laughing out loud on the train into work! How Not To Save The World
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil is in the Details April 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At first I wasn't overly impressed. It was a good story, but then with a single detail the author hooked me and made me really love the story. That detail involved the Scuba dress.

I though the idea bad at first, a futuristic detail dropped in to give the story a bit of oomph. I still think that using it would make Remi more suspect, but it was the dress that turned it about for me - the detail of the skirt (A huge problem for swimming) was an integral part of the O2 extraction gills!

DAMN that's cool!

So many very cool things. The things Remi stole, priceless! Its easy to contrast these with the items her blackmailer, and the books villain, acquire (they are great items but they seem plebeian in comparison with Remi's choices - almost crassly commercial).

The villain is good, but somewhat predictable. He's a greedy, rich, spoiled schmuck with no redeeming values. He uses Remi as a distraction, blackmails her into even more thefts, and even tricks her into sharing a bite of his decadence (in an inspired touch the authoress inserts, something I fear might actually be exist today).

I loved it, and I cannot wait for more!

But, and there is always a but isn't there, I do have a few minor issues; mostly to do with the setup for future chapters in Remi's story. Call me a curmudgeon, but too much happy, happy, joy, joy just makes me look about for the other shoe (which is about to drop) or the knife that's about to be plunged into my back.

Still she turned me around on a detail. I hope she can do it again.

In fact I am kind of counting on it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to stop reading.... March 5, 2012
By lemas
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed How Not to Save the World very much, and found it hard to put down at times. It had me reading way past my usual bedtime a couple of nights because I couldn't wait to see how Remi was going to resolve some of the situations she got into. Everytime I thought I had the plot sort of 'figured out' and fairly sure of what was going to happen next, Thomas threw a curve and came up with some very creative ways to maintain the mystery and keep the action going!

I was extremely interested in all the foreign cities and countries she traveled to and lived in! Thomas must be a widely-traveled person, since it would be almost impossible to write in such detail about certain buildings and specific settings, aromas, etc. unless you've been there.

I was curious about all the technology and gadgets in the story, but after reading about the author's education on the back cover of the book, it all fell in place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure August 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
How Not To Save the World is an entertaining adventure featuring Aderemi Austin. After her mother's death, Remi abandoned her studies to join the African Peace Collaborative (APC), working unsuccessfully as a Fundraiser for the financially struggling organisation her mother helped establish. In one impulsive moment, Remi steals a million dollar necklace and donates the proceeds from its black market sale to the APC, just like a modern-day Robin Hood. But someone was watching and he has something he wants Remi to steal for him...

I enjoyed this lighthearted thriller that transforms an ordinary, shy young woman into an accomplished international art thief. Pushed around by her work colleagues, I enjoyed seeing Remi stand up to them (literally in one case) and generally I thought Remi a likeable character despite her someone flexible morals.
Remi is ably, though unwittingly, assisted in her undertakings by her best friend who combines fashion with technology to create some unique pieces of clothing. I still can't quite visualise the evening gown/scuba diving suit but the idea is impressive and these outfits add a fun James Bond element to the novel.
The villain of the story is suitably creepy, and you can be sure I will never eat in a restaurant that contains a percentage symbol in it's name.

The plot does require the reader to have a sense of adventure as it is a little far fetched at times, though that is part of fun. Perhaps the only aspect of the story that didn't sit well with me was Remi's reaction to thinking she had killed a man, as she seemed to brush it aside a too easily, which contradicted her general personality. There is a touch of romance for Remi with an insurance adjustor of dubious intent and one or two minor subplots for added depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Five stars for this author. Great storyline, suspense, female James bond -type of character, travel location, intelligence of written word with wonderful ending that does Not... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aundra
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Adventure
This was a very fun read. It had a little science fiction, suspense, adventures and conspiracies. It was off beat enough to hold my attention. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lee Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book
I loved this book! I love Remi Austin. The whole idea makes a wonderful story. Good plot; great characters; well written.
Published 11 months ago by Ruthanne Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse, and Interesting Read
I got this book for free via the Kindle Buffett app and I always preface my reviews with that information so that everyone is clear that I don't have high expectations. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry Ms Thomas... a close 4 to 5 star!
I hung in there with you fore a bit.... just a little to black for me. I did like the plot but hey, woman.... black woman.... OK... militancy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Kavanaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Heists have never been more sexy!
I absolutely loved this book. This high-paced heist thriller had me on the edge of my seat. I truly enjoyed watching the character develop from a shy girl to a art stealing Diva... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Abrupt Ending, Not Enough Development
This book had a lot of potential but managed to fall flat. The "development" in the main character felt abrupt and jagged. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reads A Lot
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel!
What a fun read! Remi Austin, the narrator, is incredibly likable and tells a great tale of adventure and daring - whether she wants to be involved or not! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Clarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
I don't read a lot of fiction, but I picked this book up on a friend's recommendation and found it very entertaining and a great change of pace for me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pablo Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars What's going to happen next?!
How Not to Save the World is the debut novel from Jessica Yinka Thomas. Aderemi Austin works for a global non-profit agency, African Peace Collaborative (APC). Read more
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More About the Author

Jessica Yinka Thomas is a novelist with a background in interactive toy design and social entrepreneurship. As managing director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, she has authored several award-winning academic articles. Jessica has worked as a designer of interactive educational toys, as the director of a social enterprise business plan competition and as a program manager for a community development nonprofit. How Not to Save the World is her first novel.


Jessica's writing highlights her twin passions for technological innovation and for creating significant social change through entrepreneurial ventures. Growing up in West Africa and traveling around the world has provided her with a rich background from which to draw in her writing. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, Jeff Forbes and their son Xavier. Jessica enjoys knitting in the winter and competing in triathlons during the summer. She holds a BS in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

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