Agent X by Noah Boyd
The Bricklayer, #2
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.
by Noah Boyd
Copyright © 20 by Noah Boyd
Published by PUBLISHER
I felt like I was reading a novelization of a “hidden object” game, the type where you have to find Object A in order to retrieve Object B in order to open Object C and obtain Object D, all so you could use Object D in Room E to obtain Object F so you could...you get the idea. As an example, Steve and Kate break into a Russian safe house and Steve not only knows that the entire house is booby-trapped, he knows exactly how its rigged to explode, so don’t turn the lights on because that’ll ignite the phosphorus-filled light bulbs (the what?) which will set off the sprinkler system which will get the envelope which contains the disc we came to get wet, which, by the way, is also covered in phosphorus so if it gets wet it’ll ignite the phosphorus and destroy the disc—but not to worry…our cunning friend protected the envelope by putting a bowl over it so the sprinkler head that just happened to be located directly over it wouldn’t get it wet. WHAT THE WHAT? And how exactly does one dismantle a light bulb in order to fill it with phosphorus and reassemble it so it’ll work properly? Who knows how to do that sort of thing? Oh, right, Steve Vail does. And the guy who set up the whole thing.