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Agency Rules - Pakistani Spy Thriller

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message 1: by Khalid (new)

Khalid (agencyrulespk) | 1 comments Ok, a little bit of shameless promotion here. Apologies in advance.

I am in the final revision of my first novel and would like to share it with you all. The novel is called Agency Rules and centers around a young man who is making his way into the intelligence services of Pakistan. It's an interesting and intriguing trip (as I have been told who have read the manuscript) that really tells a great story.

If you are interested in reading the excerpts that have been, and will continue to be, posted on the pre-launch website at and you can join us either on FB at or twitter at

I would be very interested in the feedback that you have to share since, as I said, I am in final revisions on the book.

Thank you and you may now return to your regularly scheduled Internet browsing.

message 2: by John (new)

John Devalle | 1 comments Hi Khalid,
I was intrigued to see you'd written a novel about a Pakistani spy, as I'm English, 62 years old, and have only known stories of British or American spy's. I'm no expert on your country, but I do know there are tensions in Pakistan's relations with the west, and India, and am interested as to how you approached your tale, and if it concerned these matters.
Almost all spy stories I've seen, in books, film and tv, have an unspoken message of moral worthiness to the west's foreign policy, unspoken as it's regarded as obvious. I have a different view. I see the west as having ravaged the rest of the world ever since Columbus crossed the Atlantic to reach the America's, and I've written a spy story that reflects that view. I'm not trying to persuade you to buy my book, but I thought you might like to see the synopsis, it's here, Just after I'd completed the book I heard of America apologising to Guatamala for having infected thousands of its citizens with syphilis in a horrific programme of medical experiments, which has great similarity to the story I'd written. See the details here,
That's not something you'll see in a James Bond novel! What we do see now is Homeland, a pernicious piece of propaganda, that claims to be a warts and all drama of the CIA, but again there's that assumption that the west, in this case America, is pursuing a morally principled cause.
I don't know if you share my view of the western world's powers as tyrants, but I'm sure you do see it differently from the creators of spy fiction in Britain and America, and I would like to know the values you put into your story of a Pakistani spy.
Regards John

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