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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 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 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 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. 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. [ Read ] ♶ Topaz ♷ On 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 Figuren Von An- Und Abwesenheit 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 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 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 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 isabout 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 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 isabout 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 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 per 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 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 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 This is not the sort of thing I typically read, a 60s novel about international espionage, and I was very vague in my knowledge of the Cuban missile crisis But I DID read it, because of wanting to understand the Hitchcock movie version better generally regarded as one of his lesser works I won t claim that I understood all the details, but it is extremely well written and researched, and has a very definite ring of truth about it.