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Review: “Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office” by Khalid Muhammad [Tour Stop]

“Agency Rules – Never an Easy Day at the Office” by Khalid Muhammad

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 13 January 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, as part of the book’s blog tour.

Description: Celebrated as a ragtag force that defeated and broke the Soviet Union, no one predicted the Mujahideen would bring with them a plague that would spread like wildfire through Pakistan in the years to follow. When the battle-worn fighters returned with no enemy or war to fight, they turned their sights on the country that had been their creator and benefactor.

From the same battlegrounds that birthed the Mujahideen, a young Kamal Khan emerges as a different breed of warrior. Discarding his wealthy family comforts, Kamal becomes a precision sniper, an invincible commando and a clandestine operative bringing intimidation, dominance and death with him to the battlefield. Ending the plague is his prime directive.

Shrouded in political expediency, hampered by internal power struggles, international espionage and doublespeak that makes Washington’s spin doctors proud, Kamal’s mission is a nightmare of rampant militant fundamentalism that threatens to choke and take Pakistan hostage. For him, the fight is not just for freedom, but the survival of a nation.

Review: You know, I have no idea what I think about this book.

I don’t know that I really liked it necessarily, but I didn’t dislike it either. I don’t know if this book was written in English or a translation. I didn’t see a translator listed anywhere, but it felt like it was. I could be wrong on that, but there were some phrases and word choices that could interrupt your read flow.

This book was fascinating to me, because being a US citizen who hasn’t traveled much, it gave me a view into an area and culture that I didn’t know a lot about except what might be heard on the news. And I’m enough of a cynic to not trust the news. Fiction can have a more honest eye, oddly enough. So I liked that. Even if the view was a gritty, harsh one at times.

This was, indeed, a very fast-paced book. Maybe too much so at times, as I was left with a bit of whiplash wondering what was happening. The plot points wandered so much at times that I wasn’t sure what the over-all plot even was. A little oddly paced, I mean, with a lot more Tell than Show.

Kamal proved to be an interesting Main Character. He wasn’t likeable in many ways, but yet he was. We didn’t see as much into him as I may have liked, but we did see enough to get an idea of him.

Now… I don’t actually read a lot of spy thrillers, so that may be where I’ve been tripped up. Maybe the way this story was told is standard for the genre. I’ll freely admit that. And it did keep my interest, even if I was confused at times and wondering where it was all going.

So…yeah. It was a very interesting book. I can’t say I really liked it, but I can’t say I didn’t like it either. So, this seems like a 3.5 Fireballs for me.

3.5 Fireballs


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