“It was a pleasure to read a spy thriller that I could relate to so completely! This is a fast-paced story with plot twists that could easily be a reality in the drama that is Pakistani politics. I am surprised, in fact, given the incredible history of Pakistan, that more people haven’t chosen to write it in as a backdrop to their spy novels. Agency Rules has all the elements of an action-packed political thriller, from ordinary citizens to the country’s President.
But the jewel is, naturally, the hero. Kamal Khan is an average Pakistani – talented, driven and misunderstood (aren’t the best of them?). Unlike today’s larger-than-life supermen, however, Kamal’s rise to superhero is subtle. He doesn’t defeat 30 men in close-combat single-handedly, nor is he smarter than every other spy out there (though he’s smarter than most). His journey is probably closer to the mundane reality of the intelligence world, so it’s surprising that it moves so fast. Testament to some great writing and intelligent plot-lines.
A must-read for anyone who only knows Pakistan from what they read/watch in the media, and for all Pakistanis who enjoyed ‘Waar’.“