The Charm School

The Charm School

by Nelson DeMille

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille's chilling, relentlessly suspenseful story of Cold War espionage in the vein of the hit FX show The Americans.

On a dark road deep inside the Russian woods at Borodino, a young American tourist picks up an unusual passenger with an explosive secret: an U.S. POW on the run from "The Charm School," a sinister operation where American POWs teach young KBG agents how to be model U.S. citizens. Their goal? To infiltrate the United States undetected. With this horrifying conspiracy revealed, the CIA sets an investigation in motion, and three Americans—an Air Force officer, an embassy liaison, a CIA chief—pit themselves against the country's enemies in a high-powered game of international intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538744277
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 60,894
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen acclaimed novels including Night Fall, Wildfire and The General's Daughter, which was a major motion picture starring John Travolta. He has sold nearly 50 million books worldwide.

Before launching his forty-year writing career, he was a U.S. Army lieutenant who served in the Vietnam War as an infantry platoon leader with the First Calvary Division. During his service in Southeast Asia from 1967-1968, he was decorated with numerous awards including the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

As an author, he has served as the past president of the Mystery Writers of America, and is a current member of The Authors Guild, American Mensa, and International Thriller Writers. He holds three doctorates: Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College.

He currently resides on Long Island with his family.


Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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The Charm School 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago - twice. I never read a book twice. And recently I ordered the mp3 version and I am listening to it on my daily walks. And I must point out that I also am not a fan of audio books but here I am... A suggestion for another book to readers who loved this; Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. Not as good as this one, but pretty close (I'd give GP four stars) , and if you're sad to be at the end of Charm School and the fasination you may have with Cold War Russia, then I think you'll be grateful for the suggestion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books demille has written. Excellent choice for teens, and adults trying to get back into reading. Moves quickly, and is very enjoyable. Wish it could be made into a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know what to say. this book was amazing. from the opening page, Mr. Demille sucks you right into the book. yeah this book was long, however it was well worth it. at times i would forget where i was i was so into it. so far Nelson Demille has not let me down. I highly recommend this book. it might keep you up at nights bc you want to know wat happens next. get ready for the fast pace and intensity. i gurantee you'll enjoy this book.
BevoBZ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down. Great characters and plot. Go for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best cold war books I've ever read. The story line draws you in from the very first page. .Very engaging and believable. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my top 3 all time spy novels. US govt actually explored the possibility of the core of this plot following cold war. Characters are great and dialogue hilarious at at times, a welcome break from the tensions and spreads like kudzu over the last half of the book. Reread it recently which i never do,
mare-nyc More than 1 year ago
Nelson Demille brings us another exciting storytelling experience that will grab you to the end. A wonderful exploration of the Soviet Union and the Russian culture. The characters are engrossing and the suspense keeps pace the entire length of the story. Could very well be transformed into a successful political spy movie. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago along with all Mr. DeMilles books......This is my first review only because I am so unhappy that the the TV program THE AMERICANS HAS stolen the plot from this book and not given Mr. Demille any credit.
easyed More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading. As usual DeMille smacks Russia and the U.S.. He really doesn't like the CIA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be believed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Nelson DeMille book. I couldn't put it down. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best spy novels I've come across. The book starts fast and never lets up. I couldn't put it down. If you like spy novels, you'll love this book.
Deezly-Doo More than 1 year ago
Was one that I could not put down. If you love military mystery, this is definite must read!!
Jessie724 More than 1 year ago
I have recently started to read Nelson DeMille and I truely feel like it was one of the best decisions of my life. Each Nelson DeMille books takes off immediately with an interesting plot, lovable-hateable characters and amazing realism. The Charm School is a fantastic journey into Russia during the Cold War through an American POV. Something that has been attempted before but never has successfully. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Cold War, Russia or a really good book that they won't be able to put down!
patflat More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I also recommend the Talbot Oddysey(?) as well
Kaiser-Soze More than 1 year ago
DeMille delivers with a good, if overly lengthy, espionage tale. My only negative about the book was the repeated, somewhat paranoid, references to Russia being evil. The reader was browbeaten with that too much.
Darth-Vader More than 1 year ago
Twenty one years ago Nelson DeMille wrote The Charm School which was about a Soviet Union infiltration into our society. With the recent spy capture it made it into today's reality. A must read and is Nelson DeMille considering a sequel.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely would recommend this novel to anyone. Right from the start I was hooked on this engaging thriller. One of the most evil villians I've ever encountered resides within these pages! This book is Demille's tour de force, to be sure; I've recommended it to several people (including my husband, who is not much into fiction) and they've all loved it. This book is a winner from the first page to the last! I was sorry to see it end! Sadly, I didn't get into Demille's other novels. You might also enjoy: the novels of Ken Follet, Ian Fleming's James Bond series, and Lee Child's Jack Reacher series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, couldn't put it down! Even though it was written before the demise of the Soviet Union and is therefore dated in some ways, still very riveting. Action and knowledgeable details simply amazing. Pick this one up today!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! It is one of those books that keeps you up way beyond your bedtime!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Nelson Demille that I read. Needless to say I have read all of his books. The Charm School is my favorite. Nelson Demille is an unique writer,every book seems like it is written in a different style. Very talented! The Charm School will keep you on the edge of your seat and question if this happened or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From start to finish, I was engaged. It was beautifully crafted and I can reccomend this book to anyone. It has a truly capitvting storyline. I can't wait for the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelson DeMille gives a new perspective on how foreign governments view Americans; military or not. The page turning events, never ending adventure, and humanistic relationship between the characters and the people of a nation afraid of its own kind gives this book a best selling plot. Ipressed and intrigued to read on, I recommend this to all military/007/mystery enthusiasts!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Well written and interesting.