“If you live in the Pacific Northwest, get ready to run for your life . . . In the face of a massive earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest, a respected geologist must make two gut-wrenching decisions. One could cost him his reputation, the other, his life. Is the Northwest overdue for a huge quake and tsunami, or will the region remain safe for hundreds of years yet to come? No one knows… or does someone?” ~ Cascadia
Cascadia, a new fictional book released this year, is a story about a Dr. Rob Elwood, a geologist whose specialty is earthquakes and tsunamis. He is having nightmares of “The big one” that are way too real to disregard.
Rob’s drama becomes intertwined with others–a retired fighter pilot trying to make amends to a woman he jilted decades ago and a retiree searching for legendary buried treasure in the rugged mountains of Oregon. He also meets a mysterious woman that appears out of no where all throughout the book.
I personally enjoyed Buzz Bernards book very much. I would give it a 4 out 5 stars when it comes to fictional survival books. The book is relatively short at 226 pages, but very active once the characters are tied together. Description is one of his strong points and he really makes you feel as if you were part of the action and on a personal level with the characters.
It is obvious that Mr. Bernard puts time and effort into his research and facts all throughout the book. Throughout the book he talks about Native American folk lore and how the ancient stories passed down generation after generation help him in putting the pieces together.
While this book is fiction, it brings to light the real dangers the Pacific Northwest has to face in the future. We don’t know when but we know it is overdue. Preparing for natural disasters is very important to survival and this book lets you know just how disastrous it will be when Cascadia roars its ugly head.
Authors Bio: H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, a native Oregonian born in Eugene and raised in Portland, is a best-selling, award-winning novelist. His debut novel, Eyewall, which one reviewer called a “perfect summer beach read,” was released in May 2011 and went on to become a number-one best seller in Amazon’s Kindle Store. Before becoming a novelist, Buzz worked at The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia, as a senior meteorologist for thirteen years. Prior to that, he served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. He attained the rank of colonel and his “airborne” experiences include a mission with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, air drops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and a stint as a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post (C-135).