Zeenat says…

Zeenat Mahal, an accomplished romance writer and debut novelist, posted a fantastic 4 star review of Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office. Her comments included:

“There are many good things in this story. For me as a Pakistani reader, it was great to see a realistic view of the army and the ISI rather than a demonized, warped version where the ISI is a veritable Sauron’s Eye on all things terrorist. Khalid Muhammed has inscribed the history and the role of the ISI in an interesting tale about a young Pathan soldier. We see a lot through his eyes; his idealism, his disillusionment with the way things must be and his restoration of faith in the army and himself, are all delineated in a gripping narrative of espionage. The author packs a lot of punch in the two hundred odd pages.

I did think that the initial few pages about the Prime Minister was an information dump but the writer skillfully throws the reader into an alpha-headlock between the army and the politicians and I was too much at home with the power struggle to worry about anything else. The Taliban element though a bit expected, is also something that is expected to filter into any narrative Pakistani, especially in one such as this, entrenched in high-level good old soldier-spy patriotic games.

The humour is timely and varies from tongue in cheek to parody, which I enjoyed thoroughly, especially the bits about Kama’s flirtations. They were fewer than I’d have liked but were still both delightful and witty. This is a very masculine voice, and the few small parts dedicated to the female characters are not as well-developed as I’d have wished for but then, this is a thriller and that’s to be expected. A marvelous addition to the fast growing oeuvre of Pakistani popular literature.

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About Khalid Muhammad - Author

When people talk about Khalid Muhammad, they talk about an entrepreneur who has helped others build their dreams and businesses. They talk about a teacher, who is dedicated to his students, both inside and outside the classroom, and they return the dedication tenfold. Now, they talk about the author, who has written a fast-paced, action-packed spy thriller about Pakistan, the politics, the Army and terrorism. Born in Pakistan’s troubled Swat Valley, educated and raised in the United States, Khalid returned to Pakistan almost 17 years ago and fell in love with his country. His debut novel, Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office, is a journey behind the headlines about Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous place, to deliver an intense story that will challenge the reader to question what they have been told.

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