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The Bricklayer

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

INTRIGUING, SUSPENSEFUL DEBUT OF A NEW THRILLER

Didn't get much sleep the other night because after reading the first pages of THE BRICKLAYER, I simply couldn't put it down. A former FBI agent who writes under the pseudonym Noah Boyd has crafted an intriguing suspense filled tale that ricochets from stunner to stunne...
Didn't get much sleep the other night because after reading the first pages of THE BRICKLAYER, I simply couldn't put it down. A former FBI agent who writes under the pseudonym Noah Boyd has crafted an intriguing suspense filled tale that ricochets from stunner to stunner and introduces an enigmatic yet affecting new hero, Steve Vail.

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, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

One Badass Bricklayer

I won an advanced copy of this book in a giveaway, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. This type of book isn't what I usually read, so while it certainly wasn't a bad book, I didn't find it particularly enjoyable.
It took me a while to understand some of the j...
I won an advanced copy of this book in a giveaway, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. This type of book isn't what I usually read, so while it certainly wasn't a bad book, I didn't find it particularly enjoyable.
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, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Huh?

    listed as $1.99 but then says 8.99
    not good sample. paragraphs were repeated

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    excellent book

    couldn't wait to get to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    EXCELLENT READ!! (BW)

    Author shows that he's as gifted a writer as he was an FBI agent. Great at putting clues and facts together in such a way as to solve a really tough case! Had a difficult time putting this book down. The characters were very well written, especially Steve and Kate...really enjoyed the romantic tension. Thanks for a great read...when does the sequel come out?

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Better than expected

    Good read that had a few more twists than expected. Enjoyed Mr. Boyd's writing stle - concise and easy to follow. Would recommend.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    Gripping story - must read!

    Slow start but then it really takes off and there are several murders to solve. Unexpected final twist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    A must read.

    This book was unbelievably the best book I have read in a long time! Once you start reading you wont be able to stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Very good read

    Hard to put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Great story!

    This is a great story with twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Also very clean. Absolutely no profanity which is unusual in this day and age. Will definitely read more by this author and I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    good read,

    This is fast paced, well written book. I thought I had discovered a new author to enjoy only to find out he had died fairly young...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Pretty good

    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.

    AD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Intriguing mystery

    Well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Good read

    It's not on par with Jack Reacher but it was pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Excellent.....

    Highly recommended. Will read more by this author. Couldn't wait to turn each page for the next twist & turn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    BRICKLAYER

    A fast moving read. Mystery, intrigue and a very surprizing ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Added to favorite mystery writer list.

    Well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Loved it!

    If you're a fan of Jack Reacher, you'll love this character. Can't wait to read Agent X.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    9 1/2 out of 10

    9 1/2 out of 10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!! GET IT NOW!

    Wow this book is right now my favorite book... Get it now!! don't read any more reviews just get the book. It has so many twists and turns it keeps you hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Great

    Real page turner. Loved it

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    EXCELLENT RECOMMEND

    THIS BOOK IS NEVER ENDING ACTION WITH A LITTLE ROMANCE. MY HUSBAND RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK AND I LOVED IT !

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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