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The Wily Agent & The Zero Cost Mission

Written by: Amar Bhushan
Narrated by: Siddhanta Pinto
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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In The Zero-Cost Mission, India's relations with Bangladesh are undermined by the activities of the Jamaat-e-Islami, whose camps and facilities are being used to help Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, which sends its agents to carry out acts of terror in India. Vijay Shukla, in charge of Bangladesh operations at India's external intelligence agency, has a plan - a daring one, and one that requires utmost secrecy, lest word gets out that India is interfering in Bangladesh's internal affairs. Only a certain type of operative can be entrusted with its execution. One with remarkable operational abilities, a taste for challenges and a certain disregard for authority. 

Vijay Shukla assigns Sujal Rath to orchestrate the destruction of several Jamaat facilities deep within Bangladesh, pulling off a mission that not only seems impossible but which runs the risk of being derailed by the agency itself. 

The Wily Agent details the pitfalls of gathering intelligence in a foreign country, a delicate and complex business. A good source, however, can make the risks worthwhile. So, when Jeevnathan, head of the Dhaka unit of India's external intelligence agency, is introduced to Rehman , he decides to test him to determine if he has the potential to become a valuable long-term asset. 

As an employee of the Bangladesh Foreign Office, Rehman is well placed to gather sensitive information that would be of great interest to India. Rehman proves to be a hard nut to crack, taking his handlers on a roller-coaster ride through the murky world of intelligence gathering, keeping them on edge, testing their operational skill and nerves as they all play the high-stakes game of espionage. 

Soon to be a major motion picture by Vishal Bhardwaj, this double bill of pacey thrillers highlighting the exploits of India's intelligence agency will have your pulse racing.

©2018 Amar Bhushan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting work

I felt these were very good ideas in terms of the storyline. The narration in audio was also good.
I did get lost in certain nitty gritties of the plot's operational details, when I would have liked a bit more of the story.
but then here you are!
recommended read.

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The content as well as the narration are way below average. Skip it in the interest of time.

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Good reads.

Gives you a sense of the bureaucracy, politics, tradecraft and operational insights of a mission. Narration could be better.