- 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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Acrobat A Novel Hardcover – 2003
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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.
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'.
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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one question to those who've read acrobat:
have you EVER seen the word "poop" in print as many times as you did in this book???? Read more
Very solid book. Non-Formulatic. Character structure is very good.Published on August 17, 2002 by J & R Rdbk