Agent X: Steve Vail Series, Book 2

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Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bricklayer

FBI-agent-turned-bricklayer Steve Vail once helped the FBI solve a brilliant extortion plot. It was supposed to be a one-and-done deal. But when he's in Washington, D.C., to see Kate Bannon—an FBI assistant director—on what he thinks will be a romantic New ...

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Overview

Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bricklayer

FBI-agent-turned-bricklayer Steve Vail once helped the FBI solve a brilliant extortion plot. It was supposed to be a one-and-done deal. But when he's in Washington, D.C., to see Kate Bannon—an FBI assistant director—on what he thinks will be a romantic New Year's Eve date, suddenly things get complicated. The FBI has another unsolvable problem, and it has Vail's name written all over it.

A man known as Calculus, an officer at the Russian embassy, has approached the FBI claiming that he has a list of Americans who are selling confidential information to the Russian SVR. In exchange for the list, he is asking for a quarter of a million dollars for each traitor the FBI apprehends. But then Calculus informs the FBI that he has been swiftly recalled to Moscow, and the Bureau suspects the worst: the Russians have discovered what Calculus is up to, probably have access to his list, and will be hunting the traitors to kill them unless the FBI can find them first.

The FBI realizes that it has to keep the operation quiet. Once again, Vail is the perfect man, along with Kate Bannon, who would be anyone's first pick for help on an impossibly dangerous case. But finding the traitors isn't going to be easy. In fact, it's going to be downright deadly. And if the Bricklayer survives, he will have to come up with a few tricks of his own.

Agent X is a heart-pounding thrill ride with an authenticity only a writer who's an FBI veteran can provide, and Steve Vail—a man Patricia Cornwell calls a "new American hero"—is one of the smartest, toughest, and most compelling new characters to come along in many years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062087584
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Series: Steve Vail
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 871,023
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Meet the Author

Noah Boyd

Noah Boyd is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bricklayer and a former FBI agent who spent more than twenty years working some of the Bureau's toughest investigations, including the Green River Killer case and the Highland Park Strangler case (which he's credited with solving). He currently works on cold cases when he's not writing. He lives in New England.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Something for Everyone

    Also published under the title "Last Chance to Die"

    Book 2 in the Steve Vail series

    Former FBI Agent Steve Vail and Assistant Director Kate Bannon are back. This second instalment to "The Bricklayer" works perfectly well as a stand-alone title although to understand where the characters come from, it is always preferable to read books in sequence. This is definitely for the dye hard lovers of espionage.

    In a blurb:

    Steve is asked to return to the FBI by Director Bob Lasker to handle a particularly challenging and sensitive case involving Kate Bannon, former confrere and Steve's sometime love interest. She was rumoured to have attempted suicide but the director was never really convinced and would like to prove it. Steve agrees to help and immediately digs into the mystery and the deceit behind Kate's incident. Steve and Kate work together on leads that take them deep into the political world and the dark and dangerous underground of foreign espionage involving the Russians.

    My thoughts:

    This second novel is a fast-paced and intricately detailed thriller giving an overview on how a FBI Agent may proceed in solving high-profile cases. The author presents us with a challenging story and a smart-alecky lead character, Steve, who had no trouble recognizing that the Russians had moles working within the FBI. Navigating a maze of hidden codes and deciphering the names of the rogue agents became his priority, a delicate operation, one he exceled at, a real cat and mouse game to get to the agents before the Russians eliminate them and silence their mission.

    I enjoyed most of the story, although, I admit losing some focus along the way. The plot is loaded with puzzles and plenty of action; some are repetitive and border on the silly side at times, nevertheless, the storyline is nicely written and is an entertaining read. My favourite of all the characters is Kate Bannon, she is far more engaging and intriguing than the wild card lead protagonist. It was also fun to follow the hot and cold romance between Kate and Steve; the dialogue between them is rather peppered with sarcasm making it an interesting relationship.Overall, the story is a well-rounded with a little something for everyone who is attracted to the world of thriller novels.

    This series may come to a sudden end with the sad and unfortunate passing of its author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Love the Steve Vail series

    Excellent sophmore title. If you enjoy John Cory by DeMille or Steve Berry's Cotton Malone you will enjoy these books. Smart, fast paced and funny. Highly recommmend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good but not great

    A bit of a letdown. The first one was better, but if you like Byzantine plotlines, this is your guy. He's created an intriguing main character, but the guy is a little on the phenomenal side. Still in all, this is entertaining stuff. if you like Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker and Michael Connelly but are up for something a little more challenging, you might enjoy this. Just be prepared to work a little.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Sophomore Slump

    Noah Boyd has now written two novels involving Steve Vail, his everyman answer to Jack Reacher. If you can only read one of the books, then read the first, The Bricklayer. Much of what was novel and fun in that book becomes old and tedious in the second. The Kate-Vail relationship has so many ups and downs that I lost interest. The little trick the author created wherein Vail keeps coming up with new clues that others couldn't also caused this book to go for some 390 pages. A few less clues and he still would have had a really good book at 300 pages. My suggestions: fewer surprise clues, and end the Kate-Vail mess.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    Intelligently written, suspenseful, totally engaging.  It was ha

    Intelligently written, suspenseful, totally engaging.  It was hard to put down.  

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    Don't miss this one!

    Noah boyd has hit a character that holds you in place waiting for what he does next. Exciting and entertaining. I read the first in this series The Bricklayer and couldn't wait for this second in the series. This series is worth your time. You won't regret it. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Fallenpath

    Thanks. She said her eyes gleaming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    CEREMONIES

    Swatar looks at Creampaw and Fallenpaw. "We ask StarClan to look down at these apprentices. They have worked hard to learn your ways and have earned their warrior names. Fallenpaw, Creampaw, do you accept?" They both nodded. "Then you are now warriors in your turn. Creampaw you will now be known as Creamcrow. Fallenpaw you will now be known as Fallenpath. Congratulations." ((Does anyone else need a ceremony.))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Agent Black

    Reporting for duty.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Recommemded

    Enjoyed his first book with these characters and this one as well.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    highly recommend

    GREAT ACTION NEVER ENDING. PLUS A LITTLE ROMAANCE. I LOVED IT.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    A good read

    Got boring 3/4 through. Not as good as the first book, The Bricklayer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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