What I’m Reading: Topaz

This is the first book by Leon Uris I’ve ever read, and it won’t be the last. I read it because it was available with Kindle Unlimited, and as you know if you’ve read many of my blogs, I’m very fond of getting to read books for free. I pay a monthly subscription fee, but I definitely get my money’s worth, because I read a LOT of books.

This is a wonderful book. It’s well-written and meticulously researched. It’s more than just a book – it’s a saga, a thrilling look into the world of spies. The plot involves Cuba, France, the Soviets, NATO, and a young American president.



Topaz” is the code word for an evil Soviet plot. The main protagonists are French intelligence chief André Devereaux and NATO intelligence chief Michael Nordstrom. The Soviets are apparently moving missiles to Cuba, and it looks like they are preparing to attack the USA. Nobody wants to listen to the spies, especially the advisor to the President of France, who does his best to shut Nordstrom and Devereaux down, in more ways than one, as they do their best to save the world from war. Alfred Hitchcock directed a movie version of the book, which was released in 1969.

Leon Uris first burst onto the scene with his book Exodus, and was an “overnight” success (“overnight” means the author worked hard for years, and people finally noticed). Uris was a Jew, and he came to the United States with his family as a child. I have a hold on the Exodus ebook with my local library. Amazingly, it’s the only Uris ebook they have. What!?!? On Uris’ Amazon author page, there’s an interesting video in which two people describe him and his writing. Uris’ works, which are fictionalized accounts of true contemporary historical events, should be required reading, especially for history buffs!

Leon Uris
Leon Uris

Should be required reading!

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