Barry Sierer, an accomplished author and reviewer of spy thrillers, reviewed Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office, awarding it 4 stars. He says:
“The nation of Pakistan is centered in one of the most strategically vital regions of the world, bordering Afghanistan to its north and Iran to its west. Within its borders, the nation’s different peoples including; Pathans, Punjabis, and Baluchis, struggle to prosper and survive, sometimes violently.
Sitting astride this cauldron is the Pakistani military and its premier spy Agency; Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). Kamal Khan, an SSG Commando, goes to work for ISI and is sent into battle against Pakistan’s enemies, first to neutralize organized crime figures in the streets of Karachi, and then to go deep under cover to infiltrate a group of Jihadists with mysterious foreign backing in the valley of Peshawar. When a high level assassination creates a political crisis, Kamal struggles to accomplish his mission, and keep breathing, while his military superiors outmaneuver crooked politicians and foreign powers trying to take advantage of the situation.
The most fascinating part of this story is not the gunfights, or the political intrigue. It’s the drama of the interrogation rooms of ISI where intelligence is extracted and developed. My only qualm is that the characters seem too black and white for my tastes; I prefer them to have more grey areas.
“Agency Rules: Never an easy day at the office” delivers a nuanced story that with a hero who struggles at the street level, while his compatriots engage in high level political intrigue trying to stay ahead of the threats to their nation.
I look forward to the sequel.”