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How Not to Save the World (A Remi Austin Adventure Book 1) by [Thomas, J. Yinka]
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  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WKTVNU
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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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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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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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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. I am happy to say that this book exceeded my expectations and I loved the action and the suspense of it all,but I also enjoyed reading about world issues. I had an idea of what some NGO's {non*government organizations} are trying to accomplish around the world, but this gave me an inside view about how hard it can be to achieve that mission. I also enjoyed all the descriptions of the places that Remi traveled Geneva, Dakar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, the Congo and San Francisco. I also enjoyed the diversity of the characters. Would read the sequel and would recommend this book to others.
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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). She travels the world attending fundraisers and writing grants to help keep her organization afloat. Her efforts are often unsuccessful. Aderemi turns to a life of crime to fund APC. Jessica Yinka Thomas did an excellent job with this book. It is a page-turner! The high-tech gadgets and death defying robberies kept me intrigued the entire book. Halfway through, I was looking for information on a sequel. I can't want to see what adventure Remi Austin will undertake next.
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A heartfelt, sweet story, this book will take you on the emotional roller coaster ride of a woman who steps out of her comfort zone in order to take a chance and follow her heart. Pam Howes has a gift for plunking us down in the middle of a heart-wrenching scene and then letting us watch as the protagonist thinks her way back to sanity. While there are a couple of adult scenes in this book, they are tastefully done and serve to further the mood of the story - not an easy trick! The length of this story is perfect - not too short too make us feel cheated and not so long that we lose interest.There are several surprising twists and turns in the plot, plenty to keep us wondering just how our heroine is going to figure it all out.
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