When I read Noah Boyd's first book the Bricklayer I really enjoyed it. However, the one thing I mentioned was that Steve Vail needed a bit more development as a character. In this second instalment, Noah Boyd has developed Steve Vail fully and we get to see a lot more of his personality and strangely a dark humour to him which I think made him 100% better!
The story itself goes to show that Noah Boyd is really the man who has been there, done it and worn the T-Shirt. The story starts at a breakneck speed and doesn't let up until the final chapter. The one thing that made this book so authentic was the sheer complexity of the plot and the numerous threads that link together the story line. It is a real eye opener and to be honest, I think reading this book is equivalent to doing a week of work experience at the FBI!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was a vast improvement on the characters from the last book. My only criticism is that it sometimes became a little too confusing and a couple of times I found myself going back and checking things. Having said that the book itself is sheer genius and is so obviously written from a man that realises it takes a lot of work to unravel and find the bad guys.
This book was a joy to read and I can only cross my fingers and hope the next one is just as good, if not better. Maybe next time we may get to see Vail back just as he was in this book, with a storyline that is a little easier for me to follow! Highly recommended.
PLEASE NOTE: This book was also released with the tile 'Agent X' (US Version)