TopazOn The Eve Of The Cuban Missile Crisis, American And French Intelligence Agents Are Plunged Into A Maze Of Cold War Intrigue In Paris, , French Intelligence Chief Andr Devereaux And NATO Intelligence Chief Michael Nordstrom Have Uncovered Soviet Plans To Ship Nuclear Arms To Cuba But When Devereaux Reports His Findings And Nobody Acts And He Is Targeted In An Assassination Attempt He Soon Realizes He S Tangled In A Plot Far Greater Than He First Understood

Leon Marcus Uris August 3, 1924 June 21, 2003 was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976 Leon Uris was born in Balti, Maryland, the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Blumberg Uris His father, a Polish born immigrant, was a pa

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  • Topaz
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  • 02 May 2018

10 thoughts on “Topaz

  1. says:

    Look up Wilson and Roosevelt s declaration of war speeches to the congress and work up a draftin case we need it, the President said Nothing suspicious about all that The Cuban Missile Crisis is, in my opinion and the opinion of many others, the closest we have come to World War Three The citizens in America and Russia were not the only nervous people the whole world was nervous The struggle for power, as history has shown, never contains itself just to the principles involved It bleeds into every corner of the world, or in this case, the radioactive fallout drifts where the wind will take it The Russian President Khrushchev was convinced he could intimidate the young, brash American President Kennedy Well, if you know your history, you know whoblinks When Kennedy turns to his aide and asks him for those speeches given by Wilson and Roosevelt, even though I know he never uses that speech, it still sends chills down my spine because it really shows how close the world came to being annihilated John Forsythe plays Michael Nordstrom in the 1969 movie.This story begins with the defection of Boris Kuznetov, a highly placed Russian official who learns he is about to be executed, but instead of placidly accepting his fate he approaches Michael Nordstrom, an American intelligence officer, with an offer of information for his life and the lives of his family Once in America he will only talk to the French intelligence officer Andre Devereaux Kutznetov reveals that there is an operation called Topaz, involving highly placed KGB agents in the French intelligence community What I didn t know is that Topaz is based on the true events involving the Martel Affair, or interestingly referred to as the Sapphire Affair This is a steaming pile of radioactive information to have land on Devereaux s plate, but the Americans need him to do something else for them He needs to go to Cuba and confirm that those shapes in the U2 overflight pictures are truly what they think they are Andre is French, and he can just say no, but there is a Little Dove in Cuba whom he would like to see by the name of Juanita de Cordoba, whose husband was a hero of the revolution Getting into Cuba is not a problem Getting out of Cuba with the information about the missiles turns out to be extremely difficult Frederick Stafford is Andre Devereaux in the movie version of Topaz.Let s make a quick list of Andre s problems.1 He might end up in one of the many, many prisons that have been created since the revolution in Cuba Viva la revolucion Well, for some The problem with most revolutions is that the ones who kicked the bastards out become the new bastards 2 Rico Parra, a powerful Cuban official, wants The Little Dove for himself He is pathological in his desire to possess her 3 Andre s wife, Nicole, leaves him and moves back to France because he doesn t pay enough attention to her in Washington DC 4 President Pierre La Croix doesn t trust the Americans and doesn t trust Andre because Devereaux believes that France s future has to be tied to America La Croix has Napoleonic visions of where he believes France s future lies 5 Who can he trust There are highly placed KGB moles in his own government Those same people will most certainly want him dead or discredited or, better yet, both.6 Andre s daughter is involved with a writer who has tweaked the noses of the wrong people with his incendiary writing Telling the truth to a near dictator like La Croix is never safe 7 Andre has narcolepsy, which when he is really tired or stressed can be temporarily disabling It is a harbinger of health issues on the horizon The Hitchcock cameocan you spot his rotundness It is no wonder that Alfred Hitchcock decides to make a movie of the book He stays reasonably faithful to most of the part of the book set in the 1960s Leon Uris actually helped with the script, but he and Alfred butt heads over the character development of the villains in the story, and another writer, conducive to Hitchcock s ideas, is found In the later part of the book, Uris devotes some time writing prologues about Devereaux s adventures during WW2 This gives the reader some background, not only on Devereaux, but also the people he is most closely associated with The very people who now are the top suspects to be the KGB moles in his government Dany Robin plays Nicole Devereaux in the movie.This is really an intriguing piece of Cold War writing with a convoluted series of plots that kept me puzzling over potential outcomes The only misstep that dates the book is some statements made by Andre s wife, Nicole, about how she should have given herself over to her husband I read them out loud to my wife hoping she would see the logic, but all I received was a series of eye rolls and complaints about feeling nauseous Like most people, Nicole does want her spouse to conform to her vision of what she wants him to be someone powerful, but less involved in the day to day activities of keeping the world safe for democracy I actually thought that Uris does a reasonably good job presenting a balanced view of her, but some of those statements she makes later in the book doesn t ring true With all this extra background, now I m off to rewatch the movie It was a commercial bomb and did not resonate with audiences I have a feeling that I will watch it with different eyes this time If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. says:

    I remember Leon Uris as a very good novelist His Mila18 in the early sixties introduced me to the horrors of Nazi anti semitism Although I forgot the story line years ago, the general viewpoint Uris provided has colored my attitudes ever since I don t recall reading any other Uris novels until a few weeks ago when I picked up Topaz I first thought I was simply getting a fictionalized version of the Cuban missile crisis I was okay with that, but I was generally familiar with the circumstances Things changed when I was well into the book and realized that the major plot involves Soviet infiltration of the French intelligence community That was fascinating I knew that the Soviets significantly infiltrated US and, especially, UK intelligence, but I totally missed the fact that France was significantly targeted as well Topaz premise is that Soviet generated disinformation was a major factor in the development of French antipathy toward the US during the sixties Without some real evidence, I can t accept this There were certainly other causal factors France s failure to fight Germany to the death in 1940 caused the British and some Americans to consider France a conquered enemy in 1944 and 1945 and there were plans to treat the Nation accordingly This probably fueled some continued French resentment Add to this the US pressure to resist the Viet Minh and memories of how slow the UK and US were to come to French aid in the two world wars Charles de Gaulle certainly had reason to fear he might be left standing alone against the USSR Topaz did not impact my thinking the way Mila 18 did, but it really was a good, although dated, story I found that all the major characters had real life counterparts I recommend it to anyone who might enjoy a spy story set in the sixties, written from a Cold War perspective.

  3. says:

    It s been years since I read a Leon Uris novel I think Mila 18 was the last one I read Great writer There is a certain black and white TV era feel to this novel that I really liked Early 1960 s, spies, the Cold War Still a couple of Uris novels I have on my list to read He s just a terrific writer.

  4. says:

    A mediocre espionage thriller with some superfluous and sexist relationship drama I read it because it s the source for a Hitchcock film, though indeed one of the Master s least successful efforts.

  5. says:

    What was the worst part of this book The one dimensionally cliche spy novel characters The unrelenting misogyny The wistful yearning for the Batista days in Cuba It s no accident, I guess, that even as a Uris reader I have never heard of this book EXODUS, sadly, seems to have been the exception, rather than the rule To believe these characters, the only greater threat to mankind than Communism is women, and how horrible they are that they dare to express their unhappiness when their men have affairs, either of the business or the romantic variety, both of which they apparently need like air and water The actual plot about espionage got largely buried beneath the whining give me a break

  6. says:

    I first read this in the late 1960 s and I thought then that it was an excellent book about the Cuban missile crisis I have recommended it since as one of Leon Uris s finest stories, after Exodus, of course

  7. says:

    This is my third Leon Uris book and I am never disappointed This takes the reader into the world of post WWII espionage As with the his other books, Uris does a lot of back stories on the characters When I read the summary of this book it stated it was about the Cuban Missile Crisis But it really it is about espionage between the US, France, Cuba and Russia How did the information on the missiles reach our government, who were the people who collected and moved the information I couldn t put it down till the last page.

  8. says:

    When I saw the title Topaz the first thing that came to my mind was precious stone but on a closer observation i find out it was about espionage.I normally refer to the like of Leon Uris,James Clavell and some few others authors as the Old Masters of the Craft,They hardly disappoint you Leon Uris painted a picture of a high level espionage between world powers and in doing this he weaves the story believably with suspense and a flow that will make the reader want know what happened next or perhaps keep the reader guessing until the last PAGE.I LOVE THIS BOOK

  9. says:

    Some of us have been longing to read something like this Alas We ve had tbe opportunity through Leon Uris novel Topaz It is an old book, but the contents are as interesting today as the day it was first put on paper Espionage Espionage Espionage America They think that Russia is shipping offensive missiles into Cuba Russia A reluctant former KGB operative defects and claim tbat he has very important information that could help America and her NATO counterparts in subduing the Soviet Union France It has a very insecure intelligence department It s full of leaks from the inside and used by Russia to get information relating to the other sister countries of the NATO pact Cuba An unstable country, recovering from the revution which saw the rise of Fidel Castro to power and the downfall of Batista and his goverment The men at the center of all this are Boris, the defector, the French diplomat to the USA and intelligence officers ib the United States Government.

  10. says:

    When I want a good old potboiler, there are a few good authors upon whom I can rely Leon Uris is one of them In Topaz he manages to combine stories about the Cuban Missile Crises, Soviet infiltration of French intelligence agencies and some WWII history into a well told tale of Cold War drama Actions and events are Uris s forte He recreates the tension and intrigue of the times very well The book is fast paced and fairly linear with only a brief flashback to WWI to flesh out the main character and his colleagues in French intelligence Character development is strong only for the main character and his wife The gray men of the CIA, the Soviet apparatchiks and French bureaucrats are all fairly indistinct but this may be intentional and, with only a few exceptions, this is not too much of a drawback The only part of the book that I didn t like was the 1960 s era psychobabble regarding the protagonist s relationship with his wife but it is true to the times so you cannot fault the author for not developing his own psychology for the occasion All in all this is a classic that weaves disparate elements into a fictional story that accurately captures the zeitgeist of the Cold War

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