Mark Combs, a journalist, reviewer and freelance writer, stopped by Agency Rules to share his thoughts on Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office. Here’s what he said:
“I opened this book with no idea of what to expect. I don’t read a lot of spy novels, and most of what I have read has been from Robert Ludlum. What I found with Agency Rules was a book with a well-developed protagonist, Kamal Khan, a trained sniper who wants to save Pakistan, his home country. By then end of the book, I grew to admire Khan, a trained soldier and interrogator, and a patriot – someone who truly cares about his country, and will go to any lengths to do what he feels is in its best interest.
The novel’s plot was also well-developed, with a great whacks of non-stop action, tempered by informative, expository passages. Agency Rules contains all the elements of a good spy novel: intrigue, deception, covert operatives, action, and political in-fighting, plus a fair amount of info about the people and the culture of Pakistan. America’s (and perhaps the world’s) view of Pakistan and its people is not a pleasant one, often presented as a place without rules or order, a place filled with corruption, a place where the people are either terrorists of passive victims. What the author shows us is that people who live in Pakistan are a proud people, people who care about their country, and are as disgusted by terrorism as the rest of the world.”