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.
©1999 Nelson DeMille; (P)2009 Hachette
"Riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
I have read at least 200 books in the last couple of years and mostly murder mysteries. This book falls into that category but also a great history lesson with Russia in years past and possibly present. It is fiction, but truly possible. Maybe the Charm School itself is not truly realistic but it doesn't matter. This was a book that made me want to call in sick from work and just get into it until the end. It is not a happy book and not totally a happy ending but it is a glimpse of a piece of our history with Russia that certainly could have happened and in other ways, probably did. I consider this book one of two that I have read that I consider the best I've ever listened to. The other book of this caliber is "Black Cross" by Greg Iles. Do not miss this one either. I love murder mysteries with cops and robbers and all of that but these are truly special and not to be missed. I will definitely read this book and Black Cross again in the future. They are both astounding in my estimation.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
This book does not insult the intelligence. It feeds thrills upon thrills of unexpected plot twist and turns. I lost so many hours of sleep because I could not turn off my bedside compact audio book player tuned for 30 min and then sleep. I kept resetting it for another 30 min....and then another 30 minutes...and then...heck, I was so stimulated I could not sleep and had to take a sleep aid if I wanted 6.5 hours sleep before work. Nelson Demille has created a true fan in me. Just get this book. It is one of the best I have read in 60 years, to include 4.5 years as a USMC officer. Love spy craft? This is a fine read.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is a bit like "The Truman Show" mixed in with espionage and the KGB. The premise is plausible and that's what makes it SO terrifying. Of course there are some unbelievable events - that's fiction for you - but listening to this now reminded me of the fear we all had of the Russians back when I was a kid.
I never really knew how this would go and that's what I like about DeMille as an author. His books are just as good today as they are when they were new. This is a good, long listen.
Very very gripping. Scott Brick's reading is superb. He imitates accents and inflections really well. While I know the book is fiction. It's also feasible at least by analogy and in that disturbing.
Evelyn J Sickler
DeMille has a talent of making me laugh even in the most outrageous circumstances. This was a very different setting than the typical DeMille books, but I found it to be very informative and entertaining. No matter what the subject matter, his dry humor and wit make his books interesting plus this one adds a history lesson. A little long and rambling in some spots, but easy to overlook if you just enjoy the story rather than analyze the circumstances behind it.
This is the best Audio Book I have listened to since joining many years ago. Scott Brick's naration is superb.
I know a lot of you love Scott Brick as a narrator, and I will give him credit for his Russian. That being said, I find his sing-song narrating obnoxious. There! I said it!
I almost passed on this book. I could not see how
this supposed 'thriller' could be related to a 'Charm School'. Wow! Was I ever wrong.
The detailed description of the Country was so thorough I felt as though I were on a tour.
I love this author. Mr. Brick did a yeoman's job
The last quarter of the story was totally unexpected.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Published almost 15 years ago, and I had thought it was older actually, "The Charm School" has brought back, to me, a very scary time of realistic fear of communism and how being accused of being a 'red' could have an effect on ones ability to keep a job in the growing aerospace industry as well as the new technology industry.
The concept behind the book is frightening, when relating back to those days...the thought of faux 'real' americans, who are actually 'Commis" Russians trained by POW's, moving up in political and industrial and legal positions in the US, placed there to undermine the country. I enjoyed the sly ways that some of the POWs were underming the training they were supposed to give, by teaching incorrect slang especially.
Nelson DcMille writes an exciting novel, no matter what subject he takes on. This one is areal original and I very much enjoyed how he placed the vietnam POW's in the position of having to go along or lose everything. How the new people coming int the charm school changes the dynamics of the place and how people who have become pacified with their position change their minds when confronted with what they are really contributing to.
I enjoyed it very much and recommend it if you like older style political books.
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