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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Boyd Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Steve Vail Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780062027276
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“Vail is in the mold of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Robert Crais’s Joe Pike….This guy has movie written all over him.”
Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Fans of Sam Spade and Jack Reacher will feel right at home with this new tough guy.”
Boston Globe

 

“We have a new American hero in Steve Vail.”

—Patricia Cornwell

 

Steve Vail, former discarded covert operative and the FBI’s new go-to guy for the toughest jobs, returns in Agent X—the pulse-pounding follow-up to the explosive New York Times bestselling debut thriller by Noah Boyd, The Bricklayer. A former FBI agent himself, author Boyd pulls out all the stops in Agent X—as “the Bricklayer” hunts down an elusive Russian spy in a taut and authentic thriller that rivals the very best of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Robert Ludlum.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We have a new American hero in Steve Vail.”

    Patricia Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Move over, Jack Reacher, here comes the bricklayer.”

    James Patterson

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noel | 2/20/2014

    " A disappointing sequel to The Bricklayer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 2/10/2014

    " This is the second book in the Steve Vail series and it was almost like the the first book the Brick Layer. It was a little disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 1/30/2014

    " good thriller(cia, fbi, russian spies, etc), good characters. I think I liked the first one better (The Bricklayer); would recommend reading in order. 3.5--the plot has some holes in it, but mostly very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 1/29/2014

    " I wish I had known there was a book before this one. It didn't say series on the cover. There were a lot of references to previous interaction between Kate and Steve. Lots of "shoot em up" so I'm glad it was a book and not video, which would have been gory, but the humor thrown in made this a very pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/21/2014

    " I liked this book, but not quite as much as THE BRICKLAYER that came before it. I liked that there was more relationship interaction between Kate & Steve, but it was too much bickering and sarcasm. I was sad to hear that the author died recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica B | 1/19/2014

    " Maybe 3.5 stars. Not AS good as the first one, but still worth reading, mainly cos of the characters I just couldn't help rooting for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/15/2014

    " The trials of Steve Vail continue. I found this one a little more interesting to me personally than The Bricklayer. Although I liked The Bricklayer as well, it contained a whole lot of very technical - engineering type information - which was way way over my head. So it was just read and skipped over. Agent X is quite understandable - although really wound tight with clues which I'd never figure out. I really did like this one as well if not better the the first book. There is growth in his writing. Will look forward to reading Noah Boyd books in the future for sure. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes a winding trail to unravel, and not necessarily by the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/13/2014

    " I loved the first book but this one was too convoluted for me and I did guess who the bad guy was. Not a bad read but not one I would highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/10/2014

    " He is an interesting guy. I really enjoy him. I can't wait for the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaughn | 12/26/2013

    " I listened to this while baling and stacking hay in a two day period. The story includes many "puzzles" and threads that hold interest of the reader until all are fully resolved. This is the author's second novel I have listened to, and I didn't find it as gripping as the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/23/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (2.75/5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dharma Bum 108 | 12/13/2013

    " Excellent sequel. It combines the fast placed, complex plot of the first book with an added psychological depth to the two main characters which keeps the novel from becoming repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/3/2013

    " Very good story wrapped in a only moderately-well written book. The movie could be excellent, though- sadly, for me- no longer suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pinkpigg33 | 10/22/2013

    " Good. I liked the first one better, but this was still good. Easy thriller book that was light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Raynolds | 5/8/2013

    " Not quite as good as Boyd's first effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 4/23/2013

    " These characters and this book would translate so well to the movie screen. I love the spots of humor and the strong characters, complicated intrigue, and clever puzzles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 9/26/2012

    " Russian spies are busy in their deceptive games and only the Bricklayer can see into their illusive shadows. Information is all and "all warfare is based on deception." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 3/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It had a great pace, enough action to keep me entertained and enough plot twists to make me wonder what is going to happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 1/15/2012

    " Not bad. Just got a little tired of the never-ending plot. More insight into the 2 main characters that is a little disturbing regarding their future exploits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trolli | 12/22/2011

    " Enjoyed the fast pace and twists in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nova | 12/7/2011

    " another great thriller by Noah Boyd. Steve Vail could be compared to Jack Reacher; another rogue character who doesn't play by the rules but somehow finds himself involved in solving crimes. Well written, it has lots of plot twists and good credible character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 2/28/2011

    " A fun mystery which I would recommend to anyone who likes Lee Child or Vince Flynn books. Noah Boyd writes to keep my attention, has interesting and suspensful stories, and has little profanity. It's good brain candy and good clean fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ned Frederick | 2/24/2011

    " Not as tightly plotted as The Bricklayer, but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 2/2/2011

    " I loved it! I found this book to run along the same lines as books by Harlan Coben and Jeffrey Deaver. The plot twists at the end made for an entertaining read. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.