Set in the Philippines, where author Bruce Cook worked and
did research for his book, Philippine Fever is a captivating
story that plunges the reader into the heart of Manilla
delivering the sights, sounds and smells while giving you
a heartbreaking look into the desolate poverty of the impoverished
people of Manila.
Harvey Tucker is found murdered behind one of Manila’s
sex clubs and now ATF agent, Sam Haine, has to locate a
cargo container full of terrorist weapons that has gone
missing in the smuggling capital of the world, The Philippines.
In cooperation with the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation
(NBI) Sam along with NBI detective Bogie Lorenzano dive
into Manila’s underworld full of industrial espionage,
kidnapping, sex-slavery and poverty.
Turns out Harvey Tucker was into selling roosters for cockfighting
and using the money to fund his weapons purchases and other
illegal dealings including sex-slavery. The trail takes
them from Harvey Tucker, to a former lover of Bogie’s,
to Sonny Lagos, a powerful political figure in Manila.
Sam finds himself trying to maneuver in the unfamiliar world
of Manila while trying to work thru the local customs and
politics. With the help of Bogie and others in local law
enforcement Sam is able to follow Harvey’s last days
while trying to locate his killer. Facing deceit and death
at every turn Sam races to stop the illegal weapons from
reaching the terrorist group in the US who is waiting for
the weapons to arrive.
Bruce Cook has written a fascinating story full of insight
into the world of the Philippines. His heartbreaking depictions
of the poverty that exists in Manila will leave you filled
with sadness while the story of Sam Haine will have your
waiting with baited breath to see if he able to uncover
the truth and recover the missing weapons cache.
A violent and scary look into the world of terrorism, sex-slavery,
espionage, poverty, murder and mayhem. Populated with vivid
and unique characters, Philipine Fever, will leave you breathless
as it races along at a breakneck speed to it’s exciting
conclusion. This debut novel from Bruce Cook, will leave
no doubt in your mind that Cook is an author to watch.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Andrea Maloney is a stay at home mom and jewelry designer who loves
to read. Her favorite books are mysteries, suspense and thrillers.
She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters and one
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