Great development of characters, story line and interesting insight into soviet/American relations. Historic perspective on Moscow and surrounding countryside curious, also.
Allevi - the director of the CIA's operations at the embassy was favorite b/c he was always plotting and planning his next move and how to best protect the embassy personnel and the budding soviet american relations.
Neither, but it did make me want to finish it.
Nelson DeMille's books always contain just enough grains of truth to make me speculate where the truth stops and the story line begins. This book is a couple years old, and reflects the times and diplomatic relations between the US and Russia at that time, but the possibility of such a Charm School existing and working today is chilling and very frightening.
This is a well written novel that provides a lot of background on what it's like to live in Russia in the 1980's. The author clearly did his homework as he appears to know the Russian people and culture very well. The problem I have with this book, is it's far too long. There are many many chapters that the book could do without but I'm sure the author would chalk them up to character building. I'm still listening to it and towards the end it's gotten a bit more exciting and tense but the middle of the book is rather boring. Nelson seems to revel in describing things in intricate detail that are just not necessary to the story. Besides all that, a good story and again, very well written. If there's an abridged version, I'd have to recommend that; however.
I liked the story, despite its overall gloomy nature. Sadly, the narration I found to be sub-par. OK - the Russian accents and phrases did SOUND Russian. But the two main protaganists (male and female) were almost indistinguishable, as were pretty much all of the Russians. The two main CIA characters also sounded an awful lot alike, with painful, NY-type accents. Made extended conversation maddeningly difficult to follow. Wish it could have been a better listen.
yes - if they aren't listening to it but are reading it
The reader has a great voice however this story is read in slow motion.
I really enjoyed the first two thirds and the fact that the author weaves a lot of background and details into the narrative I enjoyed. I like a book that does that, that isn't only action oriented. One gets a unique view of the Soviet Union before its end in this book. Somehow in the last third it seemed to be slow, but it could have been me. The plot was intriguing, almost 'alt history'...unless it did happen, of course......and would we know if it had? I will probably read other Nelson DeMille (this was my first), but not right away.
I would (and have) recommend this book. I enjoyed the depth of the story, characters, and learning about US / Russian relations and Russian culture, all while being entertained.
This story has many unexpected twists and turns, and is very clever.
Scott Brick does a marvelous job of reading. This story, even though from another time, is a great read.
The Charm School is about a military operation to train Russian operatives to act like, speak like and live like Americans. The plan is to infiltrate America.
A very good read, believable and full of suspense.
I will. I enjoyed the chilling imagination of the author.
Gregory Fisher. Brave kid, going to the Soviet Russia in a Pontiac TransAM.
*Spoiler* When Sam figured out that the "reporter" was a Charm School graduate.
Remembering the headlines and story of Russian spies living among us just a few years ago made this a very interesting and exciting story. My interest and curiousity were maintained throughout the book. I especially enjoyed the narrator. He did an excellent job.