It gave a different view on the politics of Pakistan (from a Pakistani pov) which I found intriguing. It was really interesting finding out the ways jihadi terrorists operate. And Kamal proves his multidimensional skills very well (although perhaps slightly unrealistically at times). But it would be dull if it was completely ‘real’.
Muhammad’s “Never and Easy Day at the Office” is definitely not a light read. This is a highly thought-provoking and fascinating book that will leave you with a profound understanding of what life can be like when walking in another person’s shoes, and it will also leave you with a lot of questions in need of answer and closure
This is an amazing debut novel from a gifted Pakistani author. Considering the current political imbalance in the country and the book is one of its kind to showcase the real country itself, not the distorted image that is created all over the world. An amazing book to read, I look forward to reading more from this author.
Let Khalid Muhammad take you where Westerners seldom go…. A stunning book, savvy and complex and passionate.
Wow! Where to start with this book? Totally amazing, this is exactly what thrillers should be like. Fast moving, page turning with plausible dialogue and plot. Breathtaking.
I found this well-researched spy thriller quite intriguing. The action will keep you on the edge of your seat; politics, violence and instability erupt in Pakistan as hero Kamal Khan tries to defeat the enemy. Fast-moving and thought provoking. This compelling story is a must read. Well-written and I highly recommend. Khalid Muhammad is an awesome writer and I want to read more of his work.
An amazing book by an amazing person. I wish someone makes a movie or a documentary on this. I am still doing very slowly, but speaking to Khalid and spending sometime with him opens a world which one is unaware of.
The author hits us hard with intrigue and suspense, but what sets this book apart is the author’s first hand knowledge of Pakistan, a fascinating country, which makes the entire story feel gritty, authentic and timely. Highly recommended, five stars.
Khalid has weaved an interesting and thought provoking story of espionage and conflict, around the uneasy political situation in Pakistan. He captures the essence of the country and the complex relationships with terrorism, neighbouring countries and the western influence in a readable manner. I probably did miss some of the finer points of political diplomacy (straight over my ditsy head) but there was enough of a story to hold my interest.
Khalid has weaved an interesting and thought provoking story of espionage and conflict, around the uneasy political situation in Pakistan. He captures the essence of the country and the complex relationships with terrorism, neighboring countries and the western influence in a readable manner. I probably did miss some of the finer points of political diplomacy (straight over my ditzy head) but there was enough of a story to hold my interest.
Agency Rules is a triumph of the storyteller’s art, effortlessly leading the reader through the labyrinthine Pakistani intelligence bureaucracy and political structure, laying out the lines of internal and external conflict, and sweeping across a large, complex nation, from its ultramodern capitol Islamabad to its tribal hinterlands in Khyber Paktunkwha province, without losing its way, despite the torrent of information it provides. All this, while weaving a white-knuckle plot, delineating a dark and driven protagonist, and etching lines of conflict and moral ambiguity in high relief.
The action is tight, tension taught, every scene essential to the plot and vividly realised in the reader’s mind. One gets the feeling that Muhammad takes an astringent view of Eastern politics but his view is never out in the open, never lecturing; rather like the AK-47s and knives that the protagonists wield so mercilessly. The climax is deeply satisfying and the book ends on a stupendous hangover, one that makes you itch to read book 2, which, I am sure, will come.
Agency Rules: Never An Easy Day At The Office is not for the faint at heart, definitely not. This book will make you think, and make you look at things from a completely different perspective. Khalid did an excellent job with this story, and he definitely is knowledgeable in all that he writes about–which totally made the book for me.
“Khalid Muhammad did an excellent job of writing Agency Rules, and I would recommend it to all my friends because I think the book is not only well read, but holds the interest throughout the whole book. Great job Khalid.”
“What a masterpiece! I have to say this is the best thing I have read in years.. Honestly speaking, I hate to read but when I read this, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand. You should take a bow for the exquisite thing…”