The Charm School
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The Charm School was one of my favorites.I read it in 1989 when I was twenty-one. I remember it being an intelligent and observant novel wit ...more
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
If you like spy novels, you might love The Charm School. I am not a big fan of anything spies related. Unless ...more
The story begins with a young American who has decided to spend his post MBA vacation driv ...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
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
Author Nelson DeMille did manage to create a bit of mounting suspense, with some nifty wri ...more
-Are existing DeMille fans
-Love the premise in the TV series, “The Americans”
-Love Demille's Up Country (2002) based in after-war Vietnam (different country, different enemy, less firepower but similar character composition, emotionally more compelling. A favorite).
-Are not deterred by 650 to 800 pages (depending on edition) but a gripping, fast read nonetheless
-Like Cold War espionage, thriller spy stuff circa early 80’s
-Enjoy witty dialogues laced with sarcasm, some ...more
The premice seemed interesting enough...i ...more
E' un spy story del 1988, quindi scritto prima della caduta del muro. E infatti c'è tutta l'URSS del KGB, così come l'immaginava l'occidente.
Il mistero della scomparsa di un ragazzo americano scatena la ricerca di un'oasi "statunitense" vicino a Mosca, ma tutto si svolge con estrema discrezione per non compromettere i colloqui distensivi tra le due superpotenze.
Questo libro sembra archeolog ...more
Makes me wonder if this could really be a possibility and maybe it is. I actually would.not be surprised
The book had just enough humor and romance to keep my interest and Russian culture to get a sense of how frightening /sad their world is.
Set in Russia during the cold war this story follows a couple of American Agents. Following a series of events including the death of an American tourist in Russia, they discover an unusual school. Russian agents are being trained in the ways of being American in order to infiltrate America and obtain information.
It is an intriguing story that is well told and filled with cultur ...more
DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S ...more