Pooja Anand took time out to review Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office. Here’s what she said:
“The book was refereed to me by a friend seeing my interest area. And all through the book I must say the level of excitement. Though lot of grammatical errors, the book is an excellent read for thriller readers.
Set in late 1990s Pakistan, it highlights a chain of events set in motion by a terror attack in Karachi. The country’s complex history and fractured political landscape provide an excellent ambiance for the players of this novel – Gangs, Sheikhs, terrorists, politicians, etc. It was great to see a realistic view of the army and the ISI rather than a demonized, warped version. Being an Indian reader, I was definitely not hopping for some filthy and corny read or inside story. And, am glad I didn’t get one. All through the story, I was with Kamal, visualizing all locations and actions. His beard and his actions. A very live book.
The author very skillfully throws the reader into an alpha headlock between the army and the politicians and the power struggles. The author has inscribed the history and the role of ISI in an interesting tale about a young pathan soldier in his journey from a soldier to an ISI spy.
There were some places where I felt the incidences were left in between and didn’t see a proper ending. Even, during the end I felt few topics were left incomplete. But also, it tells me that I wanted more…I wanted it to keep going on. It was so live.
The story doesn’t seem rushed and describes every aspect be it political or army or ISI or terrorist nicely. The author has given its time to build up the characters and the plot. Still it felt it is fast-paced. But I wanted it to continue, I want more…”