Review by Andrea Maloney

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.


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 large cat.

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Baby Love
If It Bleeds
Behind You!
No Help For The Dying
A Kind of Puritan
A Thankless Child
A Certain Malice