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The Charm School

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<b>WITH NEARLY 50 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE, NELSON DEMILLE IS &quot;A TRUE MASTER.&quot; - DAN BROWN</b> <p></p> <strong>#1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Nelson DeMille's chilling, relentlessly suspenseful story of Cold War espionage in the vein of the hit FX show <i>The Americans</i>.</strong> <p></p>On a dark road deep inside the Russian woods at Borodino, a young American tourist picks up an unusual passenger with an explosive secret: an U.S. POW on the run from &quot;The Charm School,&quot; a sinister operation where American POWs teach young KBG agents how to be model U.S. citizens. Their goal? To infiltrate the United States undetected. With this horrifying conspiracy revealed, the CIA sets an investigation in motion, and three Americans--an Air Force officer, an embassy liaison, a CIA chief--pit themselves against the country's enemies in a high-powered game of international intrigue.

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Re-read an old favorite. This was the first DeMille I ever read and it'll probably always be his best in my eyes. Sam Hollis has all the wit of John Corey, the hero of his future books, and the Charm School scenario is mesmerizing to me.

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WITH NEARLY 50 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE, NELSON DEMILLE IS "A TRUE MASTER." - DAN BROWN

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille's chilling, relentlessly suspenseful story of Cold War espionage in the vein of the hit FX show The Americans.

On a dark road deep inside the Russian woods at Borodino, a young American tourist picks up an unusual passenger with an explosive secret: an U.S. POW on the run from "The Charm School," a sinister operation where American POWs teach young KBG agents how to be model U.S. citizens. Their goal? To infiltrate the United States undetected. With this horrifying conspiracy revealed, the CIA sets an investigation in motion, and three Americans--an Air Force officer, an embassy liaison, a CIA chief--pit themselves against the country's enemies in a high-powered game of international intrigue. WITH NEARLY 50 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE, NELSON DEMILLE IS "A TRUE MASTER." - DAN BROWN

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille's chilling, relentlessly suspenseful story of Cold War espionage in the vein of the hit FX show The Americans.

On a dark road deep inside the Russian woods at Borodino, a young American tourist picks up an unusual passenger with an explosive secret: an U.S. POW on the run from "The Charm School," a sinister operation where American POWs teach young KBG agents how to be model U.S. citizens. Their goal? To infiltrate the United States undetected. With this horrifying conspiracy revealed, the CIA sets an investigation in motion, and three Americans--an Air Force officer, an embassy liaison, a CIA chief--pit themselves against the country's enemies in a high-powered game of international intrigue.

Specifications

Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
800
Author
Nelson DeMille
ISBN-13
9781538744277
Publication Date
July, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.50 x 4.25 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1538744279

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Re-read an old favorit...
Re-read an old favorite. This was the first DeMille I ever read and it'll probably always be his best in my eyes. Sam Hollis has all the wit of John Corey, the hero of his future books, and the Charm School scenario is mesmerizing to me.
Most helpful negative review
Listened to the NLS Ta...
Listened to the NLS Talking Book. The novel was long. Very, very long. I was very bored in the beginning. After a while, I got to like the characters a bit more. The ending wrapped things up too neatly, and didn't seem believable to me. 
Most helpful positive review
Re-read an old favorit...
Re-read an old favorite. This was the first DeMille I ever read and it'll probably always be his best in my eyes. Sam Hollis has all the wit of John Corey, the hero of his future books, and the Charm School scenario is mesmerizing to me.
Most helpful negative review
Listened to the NLS Ta...
Listened to the NLS Talking Book. The novel was long. Very, very long. I was very bored in the beginning. After a while, I got to like the characters a bit more. The ending wrapped things up too neatly, and didn't seem believable to me. 
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This was an audio book...

This was an audio book...A young American tourist driving his fast car through Europe before the fall of the Soviet Union. On his way to Moscow, he runs across an American POW from the Vietnam War who tells him about a camp dubbed the Charm School where American POWs and other kidnapped Americans are forced to teach Soviet KGB agents to think, act, walk and talk like Americans. When the rich kid reaches Moscow he calls the US Embassy to pass on this information and to get help as he feels he is being followed and targeted by the KGB. But when the air attaché, Sam Hollis, gets to the hotel the tourist is not there & the KGB swears he never arrived, but was killed in a car accident before reaching Moscow. Hollis's investigation lands him in big trouble with the KGB & he winds up being taken to the Charm School along with collegue Lisa Rhodes. The rest of the book tells about others being held there, and trying to effect an escape. Good listening!

Re-read an old favorit...

Re-read an old favorite. This was the first DeMille I ever read and it'll probably always be his best in my eyes. Sam Hollis has all the wit of John Corey, the hero of his future books, and the Charm School scenario is mesmerizing to me.

Excellent spy thriller...

Excellent spy thriller, set in Soviet Union during the 1980s, with a surreal plot ("spy story of the century") but with writing that lacks in a number of ways (dialogues are a bit artificial, failed attempts at lyricism - to name a few). BUT it reads well - as the plot carries the book. I also appreciated the author's attempt to be fair to both sides by pointing out the negative aspects of both American and Russian politics, as well as other vital issues.

Written in 1988, befor...

Written in 1988, before the Berlin Wall came down, this story typifies the "cold War" and mistrust between the United States and the Soviet Union. Coronal Sam Hollis and Lisa Rhodes work at the American embassy in Moscow. They stumble upon information about a secret "school" in Russia where Americans are held against their will and have to teach Russians how to pass as Americans. They study language, slang, history, and culture, and then are sent to the U.S. where they live as Americans and are gradually infiltrating all levels of society. Although this is a work of fiction, in a 2010 FBI investigation, striking similarities were noted to the real life case and Demille's book.[1] according to Wikipedia.Scary to think our POW's ended up in Russian slave camps. DeMille is a little long winded, but I enjoy his main character so much I overlook it. The Sam Hollis character is a lot like his "John Cory" books character (Love those books), and when the story is read by Scott Brick, I just imagine it is John Cory. Not my favorite story, but I still liked it.

When I initially came ...

When I initially came across this book I was not overly thrilled with the blurb and at 671 pages it's a bit of a commitment. However, after having read the General's Daughter & The Gold Coast by this author I thought I'd give Charm School a chance, and I can say I'm glad I did. The author paints a vivid landscape of cold war Russia which shines through the pages, the story is good with plenty of developments throughout the novel. Lots of spy (KGB vs CIA) action within and a few interesting car sequences. Would read again.

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