Agent X by Noah Boyd
Okay, I shamefully admit, I skipped The Bricklayer by newcomer Noah Boyd. The title didn’t grab me, and the last bricklayer (or stonefitter) that really met my expectation was Tom Builder in Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.
However, when Agent X (also by Boyd) showed up I thought I’d give it a try. This follow-up to the bestselling first book, features the same cast of characters led by the reluctant FBI Specialist Steve Vail. As it turns out Vail, a disgruntled former FBI agent prefers laying brick to dealing the bureau’s red tape and troublesome, if not inept, management. Vail, the bad boy of the books is a really solid character, someone who gets things done . . . his way.
In Agent X, Vail navigates his way through a maze of hidden codes and brain-numbing puzzles to reveal a cadre of spies that have come to the attention of the FBI thanks to a Russian Embassy official known only as Calculus.
The story proved to be a solid addition to a genre dominated by Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Steve Hunter. I am sold!
Noah Boyd is a pseudonym for FBI agent (more…)