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Agency Rules - Never an Easy Day at the Office by [Muhammad, Khalid]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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About the Author

By day, Khalid Muhammad is a mild-mannered business executive keeping busy running a marketing and brand management company. By night, his alter ego emerges; one that has a penchant for sadistic retribution towards those who wrong others, and that spends its time devising intricate and detailed plans for a nefarious end. 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 everything they have been told about the country. He began writing to let the wickedness escape, as the other option means a great deal of blood, numerous torture implements and… well, infinite ways to dump a body. It’s safer for everyone involved and less dangerous for the guilty… until he writes another book. Find out more about him at http://agencyrules.com, @AgencyRulesPK or the Agency Rules Facebook page.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495366731
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dead Drop Books; 1 edition (13 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Khalid Muhammad's “Agency Rules” is a spy thriller that takes place in Pakistan's spook center instead of the ones in London or Langley, or Tel Aviv. Like most Westerners, I know little to nothing about Pakistan's political structure and infighting, so I tossed all that aside and concentrated on the story. Being a writer, that's something I DO know about.

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.
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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 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.
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**I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

“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.
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This is an out-and-out spy thriller and anti-terrorist narrative rolled into one. It's hobbled by a slow start, although there is good reason for that, as I found out when I reached the subsequent chapters. In retrospect, the opening was necessary in its current form to give context to the rest of the story in more ways than one. As you delve into the rest of the narrative, it slowly becomes apparent that the author has taken on a complex plot and done an outstanding job of giving it a hue that's rarely seen in books of this genre. The writing is fluid and uses language that instantly gives the story the mood and the texture reminiscent of good spy thrillers. Khalid handles with ease the difficult task of painting the complex dynamics between various agencies and organizations in Pakistan that deal with covert operations and national security. One scene that really stands out in my mind is the ingenious way in which Kamal, the protagonist and an undercover operative, extracts information from a hostile captive without resorting to any of the cliched torture methods. This is one book you'll want to make space for on your bookshelf.
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