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Acrobat A Novel Hardcover – 2003

3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St. Martin Press (2003)
  • ASIN: B0031HKXYW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Influenced by the glowing reviews on Amazon and on the back cover, I toted Acrobat to the beach. Fifty pages in, I was scrambling to find something - anything - else to read. It's that bad. Writers in particular will find Lira's style completely baffling. Although I'm all for breaking the rules, Lira's annoying habit of switching points of view between multiple characters in the same scene (sometimes within just a few lines) is confusing, and ultimately, pointless.
The only thing that prodded me through this was the promise of a surprising twist at the end. One Amazon reviewer even compared it to the twists at the end of The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense. Ha! No doubt this same reviewer will be surprised to learn that Anakin Skywalker turns out to be Darth Vader!
Acrobat's ending, while mildly amusing, is simply the inevitable conclusion to a confusing and wildly unbelievable CIA thriller. Skip this one - if you must read about Acrobat, pick up The Idiot's Guide to Adobe Acrobat instead.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not finished with the book; reading the paperback version which I got for free. Undecided as to whether to finish, but will give it a few more pages.

Right now I'm coming up on the end of the beginning 'starts with a bang'-sequence. It is decently plotted, and Lira uses some of the writerly tools for conveying urgency pretty well -- but inconsistently. The problems I'm having for now, are that these people are supposed to be 'on the run'; but half of them are entirely distinctive-looking, and they start out on a subway platform as individuals or pairs -- but constantly checking each other out and watching for one of their number who has not yet arrived. Not believable covert behavior. The other issue I'm having, is with the narrative voice overall. It's a kind of 3rd-person omniscient that makes me think I just ran into the author in a bar, and he's pitching his idea to me or just telling me the story, with his little editorialisms sprinkled in. So far there are a few pretty bad lines, all spoken *by the narrator*.

It doesn't *absolutely* suck -- yet -- but no way would I pay $9.99 for the Kindle edition. I wouldn't even have paid $7 for the paperback version I'm reading. Possibly a good airplane read if you can pick up a used copy. I got the one I'm reading from my mom.

For really good espionage, action, suspense, some violence, that goes easy on the romance, I recommend early-to-mid Ludlum. 'The Bourne Identity' is good, as are many of the others, but my own favorites were 'The Holcroft Covenant' and 'The Matarese Circle'.
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Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a well-written, engaging thriller, look elsewhere. Lira never touches the potential of his own plot. His writing is haphazard and confusing, he continually flips between writing in the current and past tenses, even in the same sentence. I found my jaw sore from gritting my teeth everytime the author used to the word 'poop'. The characters are flimsy and unbelievable. They are so underdeveloped that you frankly don't care what happens to them.
Despite the claims of a 'perfectly twisted ending', it was an intense relief when the book ended just so I could get on to reading something else.
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Format: Hardcover
As an action freak, I pursue Tom Clancy and such. Unlike Clancy, where you read 500 of the 900 pages before anything happens, Lira has managed to create an action novel that opens at a screaming pace and this pace only increases as it careens toward its O'Henry ending. Lira is an up and comer for us action freaks to watch. Walker Roberts
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