July 26th, 2011 / 0061827037
by Susan Johnson
has worked as a high profile FBI agent in the past. Steve has now
chosen to become a common bricklayer as described in Noah Boyd’s
previous book, The Bricklayer, published in 2009.
As the book
Agent X opens, Steve has returned to Washington to escort
his current romantic interest, Kate Bayon to a United Embassy party.
Kate is the assistant director of the FBI.
date is interrupted when an informant working at the Russian Embassy,
using the code name Calculus, offers to give up the names of several
American citizens that are selling secrets to the Russians. As the
FBI hurries to meet his requirements things go bad. Before arrangements
can be made, the informant is whisked off to Russia and it is feared
that he will be tortured into giving up the names of the American
citizens, resulting in the Russians eliminating the traitors by
chases, gun battles and many explosions Steve must work to solve
the complicated puzzles that Calculus has used to safeguard his
information. Calculus uses many engaging puzzles that Steve must
solve in order to find the traitors and hopefully save their lives
and even his own.
Noah Boyd has come up with a heart-stopping thriller. The tension
and the thrills are a mile a minute and guarantee a late night of
turning the pages.
I must say
I enjoyed The Bricklayer better but before this I never
cared for this type of spy thriller. Noah Boyd just might have a
convert. I will eagerly await the next Steve Vail book to find out.