The Charm School
Quando um jovem turista vai em auxílio de um desconhecido numa ...more
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
01. The entire unfortunate meeting between Greg and Dodson suspends belief. These two characters add nothing to the plot except contributing to its convolution.
02. We know why Sam is in love with the heroine but the reciprocation of that is not explained.
03. The reasons given for endangering Lisa in a spy mission is ludicrous, and may be the biggest gaffe of all.
04. Lisa's interest in the peasants of Yablonka is forced and nobody sane would buy it. It's jus ...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
If you like spy novels, you might love The Charm School. I am not a big fan of anything spies related. Unless ...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
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
The story begins with a young American who has decided to spend his post MBA vacation driv ...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
I said, why not!
Here’s a secret: I don’t read a ton of thrillers. Not for any particular reason, just have a very busy “To Read” list, so I just chug along following it. When I get the urge to be a rebel and veer off course, I u ...more
I read this book as it was recommended to me by my wife who read it years ago. I have read one other book by Nelson DeMille - The Cuban Affair.
This book, like The Cuban Affair, is based on conspiracy theories that took place during and following th ...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
Acțiunea se petrece la Ambasada SUA din Moscova in anii '80 când relațiile ruso-americane erau reci ca gheața. Agenți secreți, CIA, KGB se tot iau la trântă ca să vadă cine din ei e mai tare. In mijlocul unei păduri de pin este un "stat în stat" unde se educă cetăteni ruși ca aceștia să devină mai târziu americani cu acte în regulă. Desigur se descrie cultura rusă, si oamenii de această naționalitat ...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