S S Kuruganti, an accomplished writer and blogger, stopped by to review Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office. Here’s what she said.
“Initially, this novel was a little difficult for me to get into because of the denseness of its plot – I guess I’d fallen out of the habit of reading ‘grown up’ books.
Once I got past the first few chapters, though, I was sucked into the plot, which like any spy thriller, was sufficiently full of chases and shootouts and espionage to hold my interest.
The protagonist is Kamal Khan, rising star in the ISI, premier espionage agency of Pakistan. His current mission is to root out the Mujahideen working to undermine Pakistan and its political leadership.
The action is fast, and showcases Kamal’s abilities as a an agent. I liked the fact that Khan isn’t some James Bond type singlehandedly bringing down his enemies. He is, first and foremost, a soldier, not a Tuxedo-ed playboy sipping martinis.
The plot did become a little confusing at times, and one of things that threw me was the timeline. I remember getting the impression midway through the book that it was set in pre-2000 times, but I couldn’t recall why. And then, suddenly, a few chapters before the end of the book, was a bald statement that made it clear the book was set in the early 90s. I would have much preferred to have it in the beginning of the book.
I won’t reveal much about the plot, but I am assuming that there’s a sequel, because otherwise there are loose ends that need dealing with – and an ending that doesn’t make much sense.
Looking forward to the sequel!”