The Charm School
by Nelson DeMille
(Here is the description of the story via Amazon)
#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.
My take on the book:
I really enjoy reading spy/espionage stories especially when the characters are well-developed and you as the reader don’t know who to trust. This book delivered in both of these ways. The struggle between what is right and wrong morally versus duty as a patriot really makes the reader stop and think through what they might do in some tough situations.
With the current tension between Russia and the USA rising this book was a good reminder of the past and how truly difficult both sides have in trusting another. It also makes you wonder whether or not the “Charm School” philosophy and functionality is (or was) possible.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did!