Our hero shows his moral center by being oh so miffed at truly terrible things done by the U.S.for about... two or three pages. It isn't that I don't believe the CIA has lost its moral compass, it is just that I am sick of having my nose rubbed in it. The author also completely undercuts his action scenes when his characters have long and heart-felt moral explorations of life, love, and politics with the bullets chewing up their shelter. I just did like our believe in our "heroes". A morally exhausting work.
A great story and very well told by DeMille.This was definitely a "couldn't put down" for me. Although some of Demille's other books were dreary with excessive adjetives to describe each scene or event, I didn't find that to be the case in this book. This is a must read. One of DeMille's best.
Great book. I enjoyed it very much. Nelson De Mille does a great job describing all situations, and keeps a good level of suspense all through.
I am a big DeMille fan and a huge fan of books that are longer. That being said this book was too long, too much detail. If you want to gain insight to pre-democratic Russia this book is for you, but I felt it was more about the people, culture, land, etc... than the story of captured MIAs.
I love Nelson DeMille, but if you're looking for the amazing excitement of "The Lion's Game" or the humor of "The Gold Coast" don't purchase this book. It is long and boring and nothing ever happens. The title and synopsis are misleading. I did finish it though, if that means anything.
Although I am a fan of Nelson DeMille, I didn't finish this one. Too slow, too much patriottisme against a bad KGB.It reminds me of the story behind Rambo and some Chuck Norris movies. Sorry Nelson.
As always, Scott Brick does a good job.
I have listened to several of DeMille's books including The Lion's Game, Up Country and Nightfall, all read by Scott Brick. Here's my problem: The plots are pretty good. The pacing is okay. Sometimes the story is even believable. But the lead character in EVERY book is a jerk. He is sarcastic, juvenile, irritating and unnecessarily hostile to anyone he (always a male) disagrees with, even when that person has the power to make his life miserable. He chooses always to make the character undisciplined, rude and insubordinate. Scott Brick is a superb reader, and I normally enjoy his work. When he reads DeMille, however, he does a great job of accentuating these negative character traits. This makes listening to the book even worse. I swore I'd never listen to another DeMille book after I couldn't finish The Lion's Game. But I guess I weakened. Too bad. This time I quit before it was half over. If DeMille ever grows up enough to write about an adult instead of a spoiled child in a man's body, I'll happily read another book. He's actually a pretty good author except for this little peccadillo.
I've read numerous Nelson DeMille books and this is my least favorite. All his books are very authentic and believable but Charm School is not.
I agree with some others that at times this book was a little long and a little too in-depth with Russian culture. However, looking past that the story was gripping and if you think of the possibilities of this having happened, truly amazing.