Diana Febry added her review to Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office today.
“I have a track record of starting spy thrillers because they sound so exciting but not finishing them. The main reasons being, unbelievable characters and too much detail, either the finer points of political one-upmanship or exact workings of weapons. I finished this one!
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.
I did like the realism, when it came to the central character, Kamal. Yes he was highly trained and at the top of his game, but when outnumbered by heavily armed opponents, he suffered more than a hair out of place and a tie that needed straightening. He did “neutralise” them singlehandedly but he was injured in the conflict and those injuries were given time to heal.
There is enough detail to satisfy spy thriller fans but there is also universal appeal for those less concerned with technical details of modern warfare and espionage.“