The Charm School
This intense and fast-moving spy thriller brings the evil of the Soviet Union to life during the Cold War with well-defined characters, loads of KGB treachery and a horror of a secret deep in the woods.
Perhaps a little wordy at times, and I did not care much for the female protagonist, but the brave Colonel Hollis and his sarcastic w...more
As usual, DeMille weaves an imaginative story involving characters you love, spies in the late 1980's, the American Embassy in Moscow, a bit of Russian history, Vietnam MIAs, a training school for Sov ...more
The Charm Schhol was one of my favorites.I read it in 1989 when I was twenty-one. I remember it being a intelligent and observant novel with ...more
I read this in print many years ago and just recently listened to the audio version. I've read several of this author's novels in the John Corey series, but this stand alone trumps them all. I believe it was his first novel (??), and I think it's his best.
Sam Hollis and Lisa Rhodes work at the American embassy in Moscow. They stumble upon information ...more
If you like spy novels, you might love The Charm School. I am not a big fan of anything spies related. Unless ...more
Author Nelson DeMille did manage to create a bit of mounting suspense, with some nifty wri ...more
This is a harsh rating for a relatively well written book; for pulp, the use of language and research doesn't get much better than this. However, the author (and his self importance and conceit), the characters, the characterization of the USSR, the work's long winded-ness, and its portrayal of relationships annoyed me so much as to push my rating over the edge.
#1: It real ...more
It is also hard to find authors that build characters to have opinions about other people, culture and cultural comparisons, albeit prejudice to a certain extent. This novel is about the Cold War (som ...more
The premice seemed interesting enough...i ...more
There's a scene in the book where the two main characters are boarding a plane, waiting to fly out of Moscow to the safe haven of the West. I have to admit, I got incredibl ...more
The story begins with Greg Fisher, a student from America cu ...more
As I remember, this story was still pretty good and rather interesting, it just took awhile to get anywhere. DeMille tends to take his time getting his plots going (I remember The General's Daughter being an exception to this). This book ...more
I was expecting a spy thriller, but these characters spend most of their time trash talking each other and kicking each other in the balls whenever possible. Even when they get secret information it seems like their first response is to shove it in the nearest Russian's fac ...more
DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an ...more