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Topaz

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  2,922 ratings  ·  82 reviews
On the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, American and French intelligence agents are plunged into a maze of Cold War intrigue

In Paris, 1962, French intelligence chief André 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 assassin
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ebook, 408 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1967)
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Dave
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 circumstance ...more
Carol
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 more 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 could ...more
John
This is a very interesting book on a variety of levels. The story line sits around and wanders back and forth through the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. But while Uris does a decent job of reconstructing the basic facts which finally led to the showdown between Russia and the Kennedy Administration, he also gives the reader great insight into why there consistently seems to be so much tension between France and the United States. He does this in numerous ways starting before WWII and after ...more
David
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 ha ...more
Sierra
understanding diplomacy through Topaz

What a refreshing reread. I first read Topaz more than forty years ago. But it was not until now that I was able to put the events into perspective, to better understand the confusing and frightening intrigue associated with our intelligence services. In current news Israel and the U.S. Admit to accepting they spy on one another but the USPresident berates Israeli intelligence for revealing its findings to the U.S. Congress! How ironic is that. Uris Writes ab
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Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوان: توپاز؛ اثر: لئون اوریس؛ ترجمه: سیروس پزشک؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، امیرکبیر، ، در ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی – قرن 20 م
رمان است اما حوادثی که نویسنده در آن به تصویر کشیده واقعی هستند، کانال سوئز و ... ا. ش
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Ed Mestre
A spy novel that is neither Ian Fleming nor Le Carre. I was about a third of the way through before realizing this had been made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Written in the sixties & set during 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis with flashbacks to WW II. It made me realize that they were closer in time to WW II than we are today to the Vietnam War, Thus, it acted as a time machine for me to the attitudes & concerns of the time. There are a couple of things setting it apart. It's told mainly ...more
Sue Kraft
Great novel

It's been a long time since I've read any of Uris's books. I don't know why I stopped. This one is really good. It seems so real and so believable that I wonder if he isn't the author mentioned at the end? He really does a masterful job with all of the characters. I can still remember that evening when Kennedy spoke to the nation. I was in junior high school and my best friend called worried that we were going to war and that this might be our last chance to talk. She scared the carp
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Linda
Mr. Uris is an excellent author. I read this book several years ago, and technique, mechanics, grammar were excellent. His earlier books are better than the later books, in my opinion. Still, I am sorry that he is not alive to write more books.


Mr. Uris is one author that I read and re-read. Louisa May Alcott being the other. He has such great ability to address hot spot topics. The troubles in Ireland, mental illness, the homeless Jews, TVA are but a few. My favorite Uris book is THE HAJ. The bo
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Colin D. Ciley
Vive la France .. or whatever

Leon Iris is a marvelous author and a fine historian.
Although I have read many other of his books, I had missed Topaz, and was unknowingly deprived until now. Although he challenges his reader with great detail as he develops the characters and their environment, his story expands encouraging his reader to travel with him.
Go now, relish the feast that has been set for you, and be engorged by this Master writer.
Janice
This novel focuses on French-American relations leading up to the Cuban missile crisis. The details describing intelligence gathering were interesting, but this novel shows its age and feels very dated in a number of ways. Portrayals of females and male-female relationships are male fantasies. The women live to please men. The book is also very "Rah, rah America" to the point of being jingoistic, especially in Uris's portrayal of some of the foreign characters. For instance, the Russian defector ...more
Tocci
Sensitive and Intereresting.

Almost, not quite, a spy novel, the story takes place during the early years of Kennedy's presidency. The friction between France, Russia and Cuba appears real and the details are very believable. Mr. This is a masterful story teller,and this was a good read. If you enjoyed Exodus you will enjoy this book.
Kim
Beautiful writing! While this book is older than I am - yep, true - the novel is a great read today. The novel deals with timeless concepts set in a (then) contemporary setting. It was pretty interesting to read how word choices, acceptable phrases, cultural norms, etc. have changed since this was written. Look forward to reading more of his work!
Ted Compton
A Cold War spy tale from the unambiguous 60’s featuring a Long Island airport named Idlewild and a restaurant described, with a straight face, as camp. Including a Russian defector, fiery Cubans, unhappy wives, and the French, naturellement. And other exotica. Straight, goes down smooth.

Nicholle
A globetrotting Cold War-era spy yarn that doesn't quite stand the test of time. There is a lot of foundation building to reveal a Soviet spy ring infiltrating France as well as Cuban missile crisis maneuvering. There is a lot of ground to cover and the story gets bogged down. I give it a thumbs up for interesting story locales- Havana, D.C., Paris, London, Spain, Algeria, Denmark, and for insight into the French perspective on post WWII politics. The most engaging part of the book for me was th ...more
Nancy Carter
TOPAZ by Leon Uris

This book had a plot that held my attention by supplying a mine of information about the Cold War, which has been rather obscure to me. However, the time line and the plethora of characters detracted from the clarity of the story.
Charles M.
Page turner novel based on the Cuban Missile Crisis but with a twist of an espionage ring in France under the operation name of "Topaz" handing NATO secrets to the Russians. Good read...was an Alfred Hitchcock produced movie during the 60s.
Maudie
First read this in the early 1970's and, as I grew older with hopefully a better understanding of history, decided I needed to read it again. Mr. Uris you did not disappoint with either read.
Robert Sterling
A first read for me.

I knew the name, but have never read any of his novels. I can say I was not disappointed, this was the first but not the last. Very good.
Oladapo Fagebo
Superb Story

Thrilling and enjoyable. couldn't stop reading until the end. Iris was a great story teller. planned to read more of his books.
Jeff Crosby
This is an engrossing cold war tale that reflects its time and place. While the ending is somewhat ambiguous, the politics are not. Uris wrote a novel that was harshly critical of French politics and actions in the 1960s. His fictional president of France was a thinly veiled Charles de Gaulle.

Built against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis, this novel is essentially a mole hunt within French security forces. While it doesn't contain of the classic elements as defined a few years later in
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Ned Batchelder
The writing seemed very stiff, like I was watching cardboard cutouts move around a movie set. Didn't finish, barely started....
Abubakar Faisal
Not from my time, but I was captivated the moment I started reading. lots of shocks in this espionage thriller.
Nancy
Favorite line: "I was going to make a dramatic exit by spitting in your face but it's a waste of good spittle."

Why can't the world just get along?
Lee
Excellent political thriller set around the Cuban missile crisis ...... Uris has to be one of my favorite authors.
Gerald
Leon Uris is masterful author. Topaz weaves a terrific tale of suspense and intrigue which both underlies and incorporates the factual circumstances surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. A French patriot, serving in the #2 position in the French Embassy in Washington, helps thwart a Communist conspiracy and infiltration of the very highest levels of the French government and at the same time playing an integral role in obtaining information of the nefarious activities of the Soviets in Cuba.

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I read quite some time ago, but I recall enjoying it.
Barbara
I was a Leon Uris fan when I was young and I am still a fan now at 67.
Amy
Not one of Uris's best, but an okay read.
Doubledf99.99
not to bad. 1960's thriller, the Cuban Missile crisis, with the a French spy taking a lead role.
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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 Baltimore, 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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