25 September, 2016

Cascadia by H.W. "Buzz" Bernare Review!

Release: July 11, 2016
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
ISBN: 978-1-61194-679-6
Price: $15.95
Kindle Price:  $7.55
Pages: 234
Distribution: Amazon/Ingram  
eBook Distribution: Kindle, Nook
Publicity Contact: MindBuck Media

Advance Praise for Buzz Bernard’s Cascadia

“In Buzz Bernard’s heart-pounding, gut-wrenching Cascadia, something wicked this way comes. Problem is, what’s coming is literally earth-shattering, and there’s no stopping it.”
  • Reed Farrel Coleman, NYT bestselling author of Where It Hurts

"His story is riveting, scary, and entirely believable...  Cascadia is a compelling, page-turning thriller with the ring of truth.”  

  • Jerry Thompson, author of Cascadia’s Fault

Praise for Buzz Bernard’s Eyewall, a Kindle
#1 Best Seller

“Readers will be amazed at how many lives are affected by a very deceptive force of nature.  Bernard’s story is very entertaining and a great read and it will captivate your imagination and attention from the very first paragraph.”

-  Sabrina Cooper, RT Book Reviews

“Eyewall is a well written and very gripping thriller.  This book is hard to put down.  [It] races along just like the hurricane that is bearing down on St. Simons Island.   It is an excellent thriller ….”
  • Kathryn Poulin, Mysteries Etc.

The Book
Dr. Rob Elwood, a respected geologist, has studied the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a dangerous fault off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, for years. Now he’s having repeated nightmares of a massive earthquake and tsunami striking the region. Knowing he’s placing his reputation and career at risk, he goes public with his premonitions.

The quake fails to occur and Rob fears he’s lost everything. But the disaster does strike, just not when expected, and Rob finds himself not only vindicated, but hurled abruptly into a life-and-death rescue mission with his private aircraft.

Rob’s story intersects with several others, including that of a retired fighter pilot attempting to make amends to a woman he jilted twenty-five years earlier, and another of an elderly black man searching for legendary buried treasure along the rugged Oregon coast.

The Author 

H. W. "Buzz" Bernard 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.

PLAGUE ("One of the best thrillers of 2012″--novelist Al Leverone) came out in September 2012 and won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award in the suspense/thriller category.

SUPERCELL ("Races along with the speed of a twister"--novelist Michael Wallace) was published in late 2013 and became a best seller on Kindle as well as the winner of the 2015 EPIC eBook Award in the suspense thriller/category.

Buzz’s fourth novel and third in his "weather trilogy," BLIZZARD ("A terrific book"--novelist Deborah Smith) was released in February 2015. It led to his nomination for a 2016 Georgia Author of the Year award.

CASCADIA ("heart pounding"--Reed Farrel Coleman, NYT best-selling author WHERE IT HURTS) will be released in July.

Before becoming a novelist, Buzz worked at The Weather Channel as a senior meteorologist for 13 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 received, among other awards, the Legion of Merit.

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).

In the past, he's provided field support to forest fire fighting operations in the Pacific Northwest, spent a summer working on Alaska's arctic slope, and served two tours in Vietnam. Various other jobs, both civilian and military, have taken him to Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Panama.

He's a native Oregonian and attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science; he also studied creative writing.

Buzz currently is vice president of the Southeastern Writers Association. He's a member of International Thriller Writers, the Atlanta Writers Club, and Willamette Writers.

He and his wife Christina live in Roswell, Georgia, along with their fuzzy and sometimes over-active Shih-Tzu, Stormy. Buzz is represented by Jeanie Loiacano of the Loiacano Literary Agency.

Buzz's Website can be found at www.buzzbernard.com.

The Review

Everytime I read one of Mr. Bernards books, I am amazed at how knowledgeable he is and how he can write a story that could very well and most likely will happen. 

"The Cascadia subduction zone, a 680-mile fault that runs 50 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest -- from Cape Mendocino in California to Vancouver Island in southern British Columbia -- has experienced a cluster of four massive earthquakes during the past 1,600 years."

Cascadia starts out in the Clatsop Indian Village, January 1700, which is along the Oregon Coase near present day Seaside.  Legend has it that Thunderbird and Whale is a story about a massive earthquake, Thunderbird and the huge tsunami, Whale that follows. This is a story that has been handed down amongst the tribe for over 300 years and it is predicted that another quake and tsunami is due again.

Dr. Rob Elwood, a respected geologist has studied Cascadia extensively and is having nightmares about a huge earthquake. It is not a nightmare that happens once but happens frequently so it is actually a premonition. He wants to go public with his premonition but who will believe him? He struggles with this information but eventually does go public with it. People, of course, do not believe this will happen. Rob has predicted that this phenomenon will happen on the July 4th holiday. The holiday comes and goes and nothing happens until the next day.

Rob and his son are caught in the hugest earthquake to take place but narrowly escape in an airplane. The devastation is horrible, the worst that anyone can imagine in the US. Rob ends up in a rescue mission that could not only kill him but the woman that he has rescued.

With a cast of characters that you will like, a retired fighter pilot and the woman he jilted twenty-five years ago, to a black man who is looking for buried pirate treasure, you will get swept up, literally, into another nail-biting, edge of your seat story about nature's fury. Not only will you get involved in the story but you may even learn a bit of the force of nature that are earthquakes and tsunamis. 

Like I said before, once I get into one of Buzz Bernard's books, they are hard to put down. Well researched and edge of your seat unputdownable! If you like a story that is exciting, you absolutely have to read Cascadia. I loved it!

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. 

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