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14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.
INTRIGUING, SUSPENSEFUL DEBUT OF A NEW THRILLER
Vail is a former FBI agent who left the Bureau because he didn't care to take orders and was let go for insubordination. No one would have argued that he was one of their best but he simply did not fit the expected mold. Vail has gone to Chicago where he makes a modest living as a bricklayer and sculpts in his spare time.
While Vail lays bricks the FBI is feeling heat - an attractive woman reporter who had "done the expose of the FBI and the United States attorney's office in Los Angeles" steps out of her shower and is shot dead. The killer places a blue piece of paper on her chest on which is written "Rubaco Pentad." Her death is followed by the murder of an FBI agent who has gone to deliver a million dollars in order to stop further killings. Who or what is behind the increasing demands for money and the killing of prominent citizens?
The FBI is stumped until Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon remembers Vail, and convinces her superiors that he may be the one, the only one who can help them. She goes to Vail's Chicago apartment and convinces him to come back for just one more case. Upon his return he has to put up with ambitious Bureau chiefs who aren't too happy to see him but more importantly he has to deal with the sinister Rubaco Pentad who have just demanded three million dollars and they want Vail to make the drop.
What follows is a series of heart stopping scenes in which Vail pits himself against a group who seem less interested in money than in killing him. Ingeniously laid traps make it clear that a mastermind is behind the Pentad, a mastermind who knows a great deal about how the FBI works and is out to disgrace the Bureau.
Noah Boyd spent 20 years with the FBI but went head to head with his superiors when he wrote a book "unflattering to the FBI." That wasn't all - he next wrote a magazine article detrimental to his boss. Sound familiar? That may well be one of the reasons why THE BRICKLAYER is so effective - Boyd writes of what he knows and does so with authenticity.
- Gail Cooke
posted by GailCooke on January 31, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
One Badass Bricklayer
It took me a while to understand some of the j...
It took me a while to understand some of the jargon, and I found it difficult to follow some of the action. There was plenty of action, suspense, and red herrings to keep me entertained. The ending did suprise me.
Not my kind of book. I don't think I'll read the rest of the series, but I recommend it to fans of the genre.
posted by Awesomeness1 on January 11, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2011
Good Read - Recommended
This is a serviceable clone of Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series. I enjoyed it enough to read the second in the series (which might have been a bit better.) The plot is a bit formulaic, and the hero is a little too competent to be believable (just like Reacher) but that's what I'm looking for in a book like this. It was fun to read and kept me guessing how it would turn out without any obvious red herrings or give-aways.
If you like this, definitely read the second in the series.
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Posted March 15, 2011
Absolutely Loved it! Give this one a chance, you will not be disappointed. A great first novel with a main character I am sure we will see in many books to come!
6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2010
Very enjoyable easy read. I saw the author, Noah Boyd, on Don Imus' morning show. His personal story is intriguing (FBI) and the foundation for the book. The main character in the book is interesting and likable. Definitely a recommendable read and hope Mr. Boyd will consider authoring another book!
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Posted September 20, 2013
A good story with lots of twists and turns. I did not feel any connection with Vail or Kate or anyone else in the book. Sort of like watching from a distance. No heart pounding worry all would turn out badly. Odd even with all the crazy testing of Vail, there was a disconnect. Never the less it kept my interest and was an enjoyable book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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A real man's book. Not that some women won' t enjoy it also, they just shouldn't expect romance with this book.. Action filled. Violent. Murder. Not up to par with Jack Reacher, but still very good. 18 and up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 14, 2011
1st novel in the Steve Vail seriesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Noah Boyd's debut thriller is truly exciting, some described it as an explosive and truly spectacular entrance into the world of thriller novels; I couldn't agree more with their assessments. The author, a former FBI operative himself, provides the sparks, colour and the gritty details to make it a most captivating and stunning read filled with non-stop action.
Steve Vail is the new man in town, an ex-FBI agent whose job was terminated 3 years previously for not following the line. His handle "The Bricklayer" comes from his new job but his old profession is the one dearest to his heart.
The story opening is highly cinematic with bank robbers being thrown through glass windows. It proves to be an explosive start to a roller coaster-ride that entertains the reader to the end. The storyline moves briskly with FBI deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon persuading Steve to take back his badge and assist them in finding a rogue agent suspected of absconding with two million dollars of federal money. The agent went missing while delivering a ransom to the "Rubaco Pentad" gang; a group that has already killed some prominent people and threatens to continue unless their demands are met...Steve accepts the challenge and when the gang learns the FBI has a new member they request he make the next drop. Steve runs into a myriad of obstacles that have him jumping hoops with astonishing ability.....His Rambo action mixed with Jack Bauer's agility has him narrowly evading all traps. The final plot twist is a script right out of "Mission Impossible".
This hyper action novel is a little farfetched and rather ridiculous at times but I found it highly entertaining. I like the interaction between the two main characters; it has a romantic tone of a 40's film noir. I can see endless possibilities in the bond between Steve and Kate. The pacing of this multilayer plot is very well done; there are just enough twists in the suspense to keep the reader on the edge throughout. This is a solid first novel and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment "Agent X".
Posted April 30, 2011
The first blurb on the back cover is from author Lee Child, and it is no wonder that he liked the novel. It''s the spitting image of one of his Jack Reacher novels. Steve Vail could be Reacher's twin. The story is well told and keeps the reader's interest. The ending, however, would not suit Reacher, and it did not suit me. Once we found out who was 'really" behind everything, I was disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2010
A surprisely great new Author Noah Boyd
I purchased this book as something different to read, and was surpirsed in how much I enjoyed the FBI theme. I usually read Jack Higgins & John Lescroart and would definitely recommend this to others. I pass books along to several different family members and all seem impressed with this new Author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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