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A young Armenian avenges his family and his people through the dark, deadly world of the Turkish opium trade.
A young Armenian avenges his family and his people through the dark, deadly world of the Turkish opium trade.
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The Book.

As World War I begins, Constantinople is a seething hornet’s nest of corruption, crime, and prejudice.  Tavid Kaloustian, a cunning and determined young Armenian, does whatever it takes to protect his family and friends from a quickly approaching genocide. 

Trained as a chemist to work in the silk industry, Tavid trades his knowledge for both survival and the hefty profit of the opium trade.  He is a major player in the local black market, moving stealthily through enemy forces often disguised as one of “them”.   After Turkish soldiers killed his beloved grandfather, Tavid’s actions are fueled by rage.  He becomes the misunderstood protector of his people; a charming one-man army, ready to take a life in order to save another. As he seeks justice, however, he learns that things aren’t always, as they seem.  He discovers that before his death, his grandfather had initiated a shrewd plan, setting Tavid on an obstacle-ridden path to reunite his family.

A novel based upon historic events, A Perfect Armenian leads us into the intimate world of cultural conflict.  From Constantinople to Cyprus, the novel takes the twists and turns so deeply rooted in the duality of human nature.

Can We Exceed Our Goal?  Other Ways You Can Help.

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It will cost between $5000 and $7000 to get the book edited, which is our first funding goal.  Our next goal is marketing.  If you can help us reach the next goal as well, my little grass roots team would love it and we can get the book marketed properly.  Marketing will be another chunk of dollars.  So when we hit our goal, keep on going and giving!

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Author’s Note

If it weren’t for fiction, I believe we would know very little about our world.  A list of historic facts might come and go, but when our imaginations become involved, we learn.  When we are able to place ourselves within the story and laugh or cry with the characters, we remember.  Not many people know much about Armenia, its history or its people.  I hope that this novel will open a small and interesting window into this culture.  My culture.


It took 7 years to write “A Perfect Armenian”.  I researched family history and Armenian history, and then let my imagination create this adventurous story that I hope you will love.   I wrote this book, because I believe that in the darkest situations, there is triumph.  

I am not a well-known author and do not have backing from a large publishing house.   I am using talented, local editors to get the book into shape, and a local marketing company (they designed the book cover and the website) to help launch a grass roots campaign to let people know about this book.   I need funding to get this book edited and launched.

Thank you for your support, and read on to find out more …

Sincerely,

Keri Topouzian, Author

About The Author

Keri Topouzian was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 25, 1956, and then at 13, moved with his family to Birmingham, Michigan.  He graduated from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982.  Dr. Topouzian’s mother, a journalist, was born and raised in Detroit while his father, a mechanical engineer, was born in Utica, New York.  His grand parents hailed from four different villages in Ancient Armenia (now part of Turkey), each immigrating separately to the United States.


Topouzian started writing “A Perfect Armenian” in 2003 and it is expected to be published in the summer of 2012.  Topouzian is a physician who practices holistic and alternative medicine with offices in Grand Rapids, MI and Detroit, MI.  He is active in the Armenian community but spends most of his free time with his wife and four growing children.

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    A 45-minute videoconference with the author. Invite your family, your book club, your neighborhood, or your customers at your place of business. Plus, you will receive the CD, the limited edition poster, the first edition hard cover (with your name in the back), the website thank you and the e-book.

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