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The Charm School by Nelson DeMille
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May 30, 2012

it was amazing
Read from October 22 to 28, 2011

This is very good. Written in the late 80s just before the fall of the Soviet Union; this novel is based on the premise that American Viet-Nam missing pilots were transferred to a secret KGB prison near Moscow. The pilots were forced to help train deep cover Russian KGB agents in being "American." How to act, how to speak, how to fit in.

Subsequent events revealed that this could not have been the fate of American MIAs. Surely this would have come to light in the era of Yeltsin and opening of KGB files. Other sometimes embarrassing information did become known about Soviet intelligence activities. Many believe that the real Soviets just would not have gone as far as portrayed in the story in this book.

"The Charm School" has been criticized as too far fetched. Then again, recall that in June of 2010 eleven Russian "sleeper" agents were discovered in the US and deported. My favorite was Anna Chapman.


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