Sarah H. (Belford, NJ)
Steve Vail could rescue me anytime...
Agent X is an action packed thriller filled with twists and turns on every page. Boyd's writing really keeps you guessing right up until the very end. Action, mystery, and a smidgen of a love story; who wouldn't love this book?
Mary D. (Claremont, CA)
A very exciting read, always fast-paced and moving. The protagonists are complicated people but very likable. What I particularly enjoy with these characters is that the friendships ring true, the personal commitments are honored and the sense of right vs. wrong is strong. The intrigue within the government is exciting and the good guy/bad guy lines are not always clearly drawn. A good, exciting read from beginning to end!
Patricia D. (Woodland Hills, CA)
My hero - the Bricklayer aka Steve Vail
In Boyd's first book Steve Vail, the bricklayer, was established as a real-life super hero. In Agent X, Steve again performs all the impossible spy and counter-conspiracy theory dances like he was born into the job. He's a little shy in the romance department, but that makes his character seem even more sincere and realistic. Steven Vail is again cornered in this book by the FBI, CIA, police, detectives and any one else who can't figure out a problem. Give it to Steve and he has the problem solved in no time. The reader is sent through a whirl-wind of government and terrorist plots which keeps the pages turning. The action is superb and the story line is one to keep you awake until the book is done. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time because you won't want to put this book down. Does he get the girl this time? Your turn to find out!
Laureen S. (Aurora, IL)
Plenty of twists & turns
This is a great read with plenty of action, twists & turns. Don't expect a vacation read as you will have to keep track of what's going on and the level of reading is not beach material, but more than worth your time. I did not read the first Bricklayer novel, but this book stands alone just fine. However, after reading Agent X, I will definitely go back and read Noah Boyd's first book. I hope for more in this series.
Barbara C. (Riverside, CA)
Redeeming Social Value -- not so much!
But a good read, oh yeah! The comparison with Reacher is apt, and the book has a fast paced plot and lots of action. Suspend reality for a while and enjoy. You may want to read the first book, the Bricklayer, before this one, but it does stand alone. I read many mystery-suspense novels, and this one is definitely a five for the genre.
David M. (Glendale, CA)
Fast paced entertainment
Boyd’s latest novel featuring the bricklayer, Steve Vail, is an action-filled page-turner with endless twists-and-turns. Overall, Vail fights Russian spies, battles corrupt FBI agents, and helps solve a mystery involving a missing woman. While there is no profound or deep message, the book is truly a fun journey!
Diane D. (Cape Elizabeth, ME)
The bricklayer gets it done!
Move over Jack Reacher, there's a new man on the scene and it's Steve Vail! The bricklaying, retired FBI agent Steve Vail is my new favorite hero! "Agent X" is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns. If you like to read Lee Child, you won't be disappointed with Noah Boyd!