The Charm School

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 1989

byNelson Demille

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#1 New York Times bestselling author, Nelson DeMille, delivers an explosive thriller of international intrigue and high-voltage political tension set in contemporary Russia.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. Arrayed against this renegade power of the Soviet state are three Americans: an Air Force officer, who will fly one last covert mission into the center of a mad experiment; an embassy liaison, who will have her hopes for a saner superpower balance brutally tested; and the chief of the CIA's Moscow station, who will find his intricate dance of destiny and death reaching its devastating conclusion.

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Best-selling suspense novelist Nelson DeMille grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go with this novel of political and military intrigue. The Charm School begins with a young tourist meeting an American PoW who has a harrowing story to tell. He describes a Cold War nightmare — the charm school, a KGB conspiracy right in the...

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#1 New York Times bestselling author, Nelson DeMille, delivers an explosive thriller of international intrigue and high-voltage political tension set in contemporary Russia.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 unsus...

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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.Arrayed against this r...

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 6.68 × 4.12 × 1.25 inPublished:February 1, 1989Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446353205

ISBN - 13:9780446353205

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Charm School Classic Cold War spy novel. One of DeMille's all-time best. From the first time I read this back in the 1980s,i its still among my favorites.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart pounding One of the best books I've read.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maybe 3.5 Pretty good read. Worth the buy. Good story line, good characters - very enjoyable.
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Cold War Read The Charm School was my first novel by Nelson Demille and I enjoyed it. I must admit I am a junkie for the fast-moving contemporoary thrillers and I found some of the chapters a bit longer than what I am used to. The plot of the Charm school seemed plausible although incredible and Demille writes well enough for me to want to look him up again. I didn't enjoy his female lead character, Lisa Rhodes. I didn't see the attraction of his progtagonist, Colonel Hollis to her. She appeared whiny, needy and much too clingy from the start. I thought that her character would have been clever if she'd ended up a turncoat or a KGB plant, but unfortunately, she was just a poorly drawn out desperate character that I could do without.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Book , Bad Ending The book is truly enjoyable, very riveting but it feels like the author either got bored with it or didn't know how to end it. The last part is laughable, and totally out of context.
Date published: 2006-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from master work another master script for demille.
Date published: 2000-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Charm School This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the demise of American Vietnam war MIAs. Although the story is fiction it has a strong ring of truth to it. A real page turner that I could not put down. Anyone who likes fiction should buy any Nelson Demille novel. They are all terrific reads.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic DeMille Absolutely classic DeMille. Excellent character & plot development. The author conveys the true essence of Russia & Russians so well, it's like you were there! Watta page turner - couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2000-04-12

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Best-selling suspense novelist Nelson DeMille grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go with this novel of political and military intrigue. The Charm School begins with a young tourist meeting an American PoW who has a harrowing story to tell. He describes a Cold War nightmare — the charm school, a KGB conspiracy right in the heart of America. As the plot intensifies, the Americans and the Soviets mobilize to take each other on, while single players gather their resources and take what could be their last stands.  

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"A SUPERLATIVE STORY...RIVETING...THE PLOT IS SO GOOD AND SO GRIPPING THAT PUTTING THE BOOK DOWN IS ALMOST A PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY". -- Boston Herald