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Khalid Muhammad is a gifted storyteller. His lead character, Kamal Khan, is a highly trained fearless fighter and ruthless interrogator, just as you would expect of a super intelligence agent. But Muhammad has also imbued Khan with a introspective sensitivity that makes him human. He doesn't just act, he questions. And not just prisoners, but himself. Otherwise he would simply be a zealous monster. As it is, we find ourselves rooting for him, because there is a purity in his heart regarding his country. That's something most of us can identify with.
This fast paced action/adventure has plenty of blood and guts. If this is made into a movie, they will have to order fake blood by the tanker full. But it is never gratuitous, rather it is realistic as can be verified by news reports from this part of the world. Muhammad is simply telling his story honestly. The fact that most of the bloodletting comes from internal power struggles, often spurred by foreign interests, is what gives the story its heft, it's the engine that drives our hero to take life threatening risks.
Muhammad's intimate knowledge of Pakistan, both physically and politically, is demonstrated on almost every page, drawing a clear and vivid picture of a troubled but proud country and its often fragmented culture. After reading “Agency Rules,” you'll never think of Pakistan the same again. You'll also be thinking that you've just been taken on one hell of a thrilling ride. Highly recommended.
I did think that the initial few pages about the Prime Minister was an information dump but the writer skilfully 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 marvellous addition to the fast growing oeuvre of Pakistani popular literature.
“Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office” by Khalid Muhammad is not the type of thriller I normally go for in reading material, but being a fan of some spy thriller television and movies, I thought I would give it a go. I was not disappointed. The book was so fast-paced I thought my head was spinning as I tore through the pages. I really felt like it was a movie unfolding before me. The descriptions of the locations took me to places I’ll probably never go otherwise. The well-written plot was intricate, and could have easily become tied up in itself, but Muhammad did a wonderful job of keeping it moving and having it all make sense. Throw in a great and fully-developed hero, Kamal, and the author presents one hell of a ride! Even if spy thrillers aren’t your type of thriller, this book will make you a believer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good, well-written thriller with a lot of convincing background detail. Methodical and clever, for me this was a slow burner... Read morePublished on 5 May 2015 by Amy Elizabeth Orr
a book not to miss, truth about how Pakistan is facing and sacrificing for the west, outstanding book which tells you the strength of Pakistan and its nation.Published on 28 April 2015 by Usman Sheikh
There are already plenty of reviews detailing the plot & characters of this book, so I’ll just skip past all that and cut to the chase. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2015 by The Fury Zone
Agency Rules is a well-written, fast-paced spy thriller with a lot of the classic hallmarks of the genre--action, suspense, intrigue. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2015 by SUMMER
To be honest i never heard about Khalid Mohammed untill one of my friends mentioned him to me a few days ago,so i downloaded it on my kindle. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2015 by Hamza
I struggled to finish this book. I found the manner in which the story unfolded was difficult to follow. Was this a translation problem? Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2015 by Silver Reader
I love the title of this book - almost tongue-in-cheek when set against the intensity of the book itself. Muhammad always writes a great book, and this one is not exception. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2014 by Princess WinEmAll