The Charm School

The Charm School Something very strange and sinister is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino In a place called Mrs Ivanova s Charm School young KGB agents are being taught by American POW s how to be model citiz
  • Title: The Charm School
  • Author: Nelson DeMille
  • ISBN: 9780751531183
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Charm School
    Something very strange and sinister is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino In a place called Mrs Ivanova s Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW s how to be model citizens of the USA The Soviet goal to infiltrate the United States undetected When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIASomething very strange and sinister is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino In a place called Mrs Ivanova s Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW s how to be model citizens of the USA The Soviet goal to infiltrate the United States undetected When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.
    The Charm School By Nelson DeMille,

    The Charm School DeMille, Nelson On a dark road deep inside Russia, a young American tourist picks up a most unusual passenger a U.S POW on the run with an incredible secret to reveal to an unsuspecting world The secret concerns The Charm School, a vast and astounding KGB conspiracy that stands poised against the very heartland of America. The Charm School by Nelson DeMille, Paperback Barnes Jul , The Charm School by Nelson DeMille which is published by Grand Central Publishing I have posted a review on , , Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages I read this book as it was recommended to me by my wife who read it years ago. The Charm School by Nelson DeMille Apr , The Charm School is an old school ha spy thriller I first read in and which zombied me into a rabid lifelong fan of all the thrillers that master Nelson DeMille cranks out, always full of non fictional detail that makes the novels seem very realistic. The Charm School novel Charm School Tableware and Home Decor Seattle, WA Charm School Charm School Box Grandma . . . Charm School Box Heart . . . Charm School Box Mom . . . Charm School Dish Congrats On Making A Tiny Human . . . Charm School Dish You Make Mom Jeans Look Good . . . Charm School Mug Mom Best Charm School in Downtown, Seattle, WA with Reviews Charm School in Downtown on YP See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and for the best Modeling Schools in Downtown, Seattle, WA. Best Charm School in Snohomish, WA with Reviews YP Charm School in Snohomish on YP See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and for the best Modeling Schools in Snohomish, WA.

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  • Nelson DeMille

    Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia Panzera DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.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 States Army 1966 69 He saw action in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division and was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.After his discharge, DeMille returned to Hofstra University where he received his bachelor s degree in Political Science and History He has three children, Lauren, Alexander, and James, and he and his wife reside on Long Island.DeMille s first major novel was By the Rivers of Babylon, published in 1978, and is still in print as are all his succeeding novels He is a member of American Mensa, The Authors Guild, and is past president of the Mystery Writers of America He is also a member of International Thriller Writers and was chosen as ThrillerMaster of the Year 2015 He holds three honorary doctorates Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College.Nelson DeMille is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther, The Quest, Radiant Angel, and The Cuban Affair He also co authored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories to anthologies, and book reviews and articles to magazines and newspapers.

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  • Approximately twenty to twenty five years lets say from about 1986 1994 ago I was a big fan of Nelson DeMille.I would purchase his newest novels when they appeared on the shelves and I searched for his older novels pre 1986 in my favorite used bookstores Eventually I changed and DeMille s books changed and I drifted away,but the fond memories remained 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 with somet [...]


  • When a young American tourist Gregory Fisher picks up a U.S POW on the run while touring Russia, in his Pontiac Grand Am the excitement begins and doesn t stop.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 wit t [...]


  • This book is one of those that you wish could be made into a good movie Oh wait a second have you see a new TV series The Americans I bet the idea for The Americans came from The Charm School You know the idea of Russian spies infiltrating the US, pretending to be Americans Scared already By the way, The Americans is one clever TV show that is such a rarity in our modern TV world.If you like spy novels, you might love The Charm School I am not a big fan of anything spies related Unless it is Dan [...]


  • A spy mystery from Demille, when Demille was a younger writer still developing his sarcastic wit Even then, he could make a seemingly improbable story believable and highly entertaining For anyone over 40 who remembers the tail end of the long and mistrust filled Cold War, this book will resonate.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 Sovie [...]


  • 2.5 but deserves to be rounded down to 2 rather than up to 3 my first DeMille book and convinced me to NEVER read him again.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 really too [...]


  • I cannot begin to guess how many times I have read this book a conservative guess would be a dozen This is one of the very few books that I could reread immediately upon finishing This is a book about the cold war, set in Moscow and featuring a plot twist so amazing that in its setting it would have been horrifying In 2017 you will recognize it to some degree as the the plot of the show The Americans The story begins with a young American who has decided to spend his post MBA vacation driving th [...]


  • This is one doozy of a spy novel Especially for those of us who grew up during the Cold War and remember how mistrustful we were of the Russkies 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 about a s [...]


  • Turgid exposition that describes every plodding step our hero makes, hamhanded propaganda, one cardboard woman who would be right at home on Mickey Spillaine s lap, Soviet villains who display every Reagan era leitmotif Americans were conditioned to despise until we turned the tables in the Bush era and becamethe torturing, anti due process monsters we once fought what s not to loathe about this book Author Nelson DeMille did manage to create a bit of mounting suspense, with some nifty writing i [...]


  • I don t think I ve given one star before but this book was such a disappointment I can t possibly do anything else I ve read and enjoyed a couple of other thrillers by this author, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt and persisted with this stinker but my perseverance was not rewarded I realize it was written in the late 1980s, but even so the evil Russians and the noble Americans complete with flaws of course, since shucks, nobody s perfect were caricatures from a comic book in the 1950s I d [...]


  • 4.5 starts The Charm School is a good roller coaster ride Set the the late 1980 s Soviet Union when spying and espionage were going full force Starts with a bang and doesn t let up until the end Full of surprises and kept my interest throughout.


  • Welcome to Mrs Ivanova s Charm School, a top secret facility where they teach Russian spies to pass themselves off as Americans to even a real American Then off to the US of A with a fake identity Non Russian, of course where they would live as American citizens and would pass on the state secrets to their homeland and gradually, would get a virtual hold on the entire country Who would teach them The MIAs missing in action from the Vietnam War who were captured and flown illegitimately to the US [...]


  • Afterfinishing the book, I ve decided I liked it It s another one of those takes forever to get somewhere kind of reads Overall it s good but s l o w There is a lot of superfluous text that made me skim through paragraphs and pages just to get to a pertinent part It left me wishing it were condensed, moved faster and focused on the plot rather than adding so much needless information I felt it was about 100 pages too long The first 200 pages were painfully slowbut once the plot really got rollin [...]


  • I read this years ago and found it so suspenseful that I couldn t put it down The Charm School is a hidden camp in Russia where captured Americans are forced to teach KGB agents how to act American so as to blend in and spy in the U.S Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors and he weaved a chilling action story taking place in the heart of the Cold War I need to read this again


  • Recommended for people who 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 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 sexiness, macho [...]


  • One of the last Cold War novels of the Cold War period Published in 1988, the book, with its POW MIA theme and its setting in a mighty USSR is situated comfortably in the decade of Rambo than in the political reality of the late eighties early nineties In 89, the Berlin Wall came down and in 91, the Soviet Union was officially dissolved In this context, it s amusing, in a way, and quite impossible to take seriously Fortunately, this is fiction and none of that really matters Except for some of [...]


  • Espionage stories set during the premise of the cold war are probably the most alluring of all backdrops that thriller writers can think of Two of the world s super powers while in all external appearances behaved like bosom buddies hid daggers beneath their smiles and behind closed rooms plotted how to outwit each other While this was going on the world would have lived in perennial trepidation of an impending holocaust But then in 1991, the USSR vanished and the soviet bloc suddenly ceased to [...]


  • One of the best Cold War thrillers ever A real page turner that I couldn t put down Also very educational, as it describes details of the lives of American diplomats working in a US embassy in a hostile at the time nation, the old Soviet Union One little detail that sticks in my mind is the mention that US diplomats are some of the most patriotic Americans you could ever hope to meet but yet they are just not into the popular culture Hmmmmm That sounds strange, doesn t it Well the thought I gav [...]


  • The unlikely premise of this thriller is so scary and diabolical that it draws you into the book like a magnet What if there was a school in Russia that trained Russians how to be Americans What if those Americans were mainstreamed into our society to report back to Russia What if the instructors this supposed Charm School were POWs from the Vietnam War This is a 536 page book that I could not put down I loved the fact that the characters behaviors were impossible to predict Also, the politics i [...]


  • What an American wet dream 0 stars for character development, 0 stars for realism, 0 stars for story telling, 1 star for the idea of a Charm school which I did find interesting.



  • This is one of my most favorite books ever It was my introduction to espionage and romantic suspense A real thriller that should stand the test of time.


  • Nelson DeMille, a versatile author whose Long Island adventure yarns make good reading, is proud of The Charm School, pointing out in an introduction that it has been in print since 1988 The setting is the Soviet Union of that era Colonel Sam Hollis, an attach at the US Embassy in Moscow, is in fact a spy Ill advisedly not to say improbably his attraction for Lisa Rhodes, a member of the Information Staff, leads him to allow her to become his espionage side kick They investigate a mysterious, of [...]


  • As excitimg as a Friday night trip to the landromat and watching your clothes dry Rarely do I not finish a book This has consistently good reviews, but I just couldn t get into it I quit at 30% 275 pages Even at that point he still hadn t gotten into the plot and was still introducing major characters Readers have said that this is a page turner from beginning to end I just didn t see the page turner part, unless you were turning them just to skip.The premice seemed interesting enoughif it had o [...]


  • L ho letto in italiano anche se l edizione italiana non esiste, non c nei book store Misteri della rete.E un spy story del 1988, quindi scritto prima della caduta del muro E infatti c tutta l URSS del KGB, cos 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 archeologia perch o [...]


  • I found this to be a very engaging Cold War story set in Russia shadowing the embassy lives of Sam Hollis, Lisa Rhodes, and Seth Alevy An American tourist named Gregory Fisher alerts the embassy that he has come in contact with Major Jack Dodson, an escapee from Miss Ivanova s Charm School, the impressively successful espionage school where Russians are taught to become Americans and are used to gather intelligence in America After Fisher turns up dead, Hollis is on a mission to find and dismant [...]


  • I m not s fan of espionage books but I love this author so I picked it up Amazing how timely and scary this book is at this moment in our current state of affairs with Russia Makes me wonder if this could really be a possibility and maybe it is I actually wouldt 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.


  • A lady in my local book club recommended The Charm School to me I had my doubts that I would like it since I have not read many spy thrillers plus the book has a lot of pages To my surprise it did not take long and I was hooked It was a page turner from start to finish Lots of twists and turns I am so glad the book was recommended to me




  • I loved this book It is the first time I have read something by Nelson DeMille and I will be reading of his work.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 cultural insi [...]


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