Waqas Masood, an up-and-coming book review blogger from Pakistan, shared a stellar review of Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office. Here’s what he said:
“No matter which thriller you’d been loving so far, what matters is how avid you’re to catch your spy’s mind! And believe me, “Agency Rules” is a juicy read if you’ve an inexorable appetite for a thriller.
You know what’s best about this spy novel? It has fictionalized clandestine truths that go around civil and military power poles in Pakistan. Having said this, I would go beyond by affirming that Khalid Muhammad, author of Agency Rules, knows the art of seducing his readers when he makes this unique yet forward-looking combination in a fiction novel.
Khalid Muhammad, I strongly believe, got the sharp espionage nerves and perhaps, you’d be questioning the same as I did after I was done with my reading: Are you veteran? (Let’s wait for this answer until I interview this spy writer).
Let’s meet “James Bond” of this novel now. His name is Kamal Khan, an undercover agent of ISI (Inter Services Intelligence, Pakistan). This is how the author introduces this spook:
“He had experienced psychological torture during his SSG training where he was taught the difference between tone and force…He had medals pinned on his chest by the COAS when he returned from Fort Benning’s International Sniper School for his performance and for winning the competition at the end of the course…He wasn’t a talkative person, and didn’t consider himself a great communicator. He had always been solitary, and made few friends at the Jungle, except for those he had known coming in to the academy…She hesitated for a second making Kamal wonder if he had misread the situation, and then quickly took the pen, writing out an email address along with her phone number…Did he really think that appearing at one graduation would make up for missing the rest? For beating me with his belt when I was too small to defend myself? For either ignoring me or putting me down for most of my life?”
And so much like this, feeling thrilled?
“Agency Rules- Never An Easy Day at Office” is a fictional account of Talibanization led by the collapse of Soviet Union and how it is a national threat for today’s Pakistan. Khalid Muhammad, from Chapter 1 to Chapter 18, makes his readers to walk down the danger zones of Pakistan held by Mujahideen and keeps them enthused through covert operations of his invincible commando, Kamal Khan. From Presidency to ISI Headquarters and from Talibans’ training camps to Washington’s surveillance, this novel has put forward those realities that are momentous to the future of Pakistan.
It’s a great mix of action, suspense, and romance.”