It is time for the Northwest United States to pack their ‘go bags’! When Buzz Bernard writes a novel, you can bet he has done his research and writes from authority. From Northern California to Vancouver, people best be at peace with Jesus because the tsunami is really due. In the story, when everyone thinks Rob is nuts, scoffs and ridicules him, that is when you hear God saying, “Get out!” He sent His messenger(s), whether Rob believed it or not. I have loved every one of Buzz’s books—EYEWALL, PLAGUE, SUPERCELL, and BLIZZARD. When you read one, you must have them all. CASCADIA will heighten your awareness and make your heart race for sure. You will not put it down.
5,0 su 5 stelleThose were things I thought about as I read this wonderful thriller by “Buzz” Bernard
24 marzo 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
At the time I scheduled this review I had not thought about what I would be teaching in my classroom around the time this review was due. It just worked out that we are reading stories on disasters. My students have been reading about Tsunamis and the earthquakes that cause them, specifically the 2004 tsunami. An interesting point in the article they read dealt with geomythology. Scientist are using stories told by Native Americans to back up stories of earthquakes and tsunamis that occurred in the past. Those were things I thought about as I read this wonderful thriller by “Buzz” Bernard.
One of the reasons I really like his work is you can tell how much research he does. I’m not sure how difficult that is for him with his background. I felt like I was reading a real life event. His main character has to face one of the biggest challenges of his life. Dr. Elwood is a geologist who keeps having nightmares about a quake that devastates the northwest coast. The more he has the dreams the more he believes the quake will actually happen. The challenge he faces is whether he should risk his career to go public with what he ‘believes’ will happen or if he should keep quiet to protect his career. If he is wrong it would be career over. If he doesn’t tell anyone and his dreams come true then he lost the opportunity to save lives. I wondered if meteorologists and geologists every actually go through this. I found it interesting that the “Thunderbird and Whale” reference was also mentioned in the articles my students read. This is such a well-written book I could see it as a movie. I want a book like this that will keep me reading from cover to cover. I enjoy books that are so realistic I wonder how much truth there is to them. I definitely recommend you read this book and any of his other books. You won’t be sorry you checked out this author. I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
It took more than a quarter of the book to really get into it. I found that by 30% of the way in, I was bored and almost stopped reading.
I understand that you have to set up the scene and the different people, realizing that they would all be involved together in some way after the earthquake and tsunami, but to not have anything gripping at all until you're more than halfway through makes me lose interest.
Once things really got started, then it got a lot better and what I'm used to from this author.
5,0 su 5 stelleWhen the sea disappears beyond the horizon
3 ottobre 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This is a book that will absolutely captivate the reader especially if they live in the Pacific Northwest, fly in small aircraft or love the beauty of the coast of Oregon and Washington. The author tells the story of a geologist doing his research, sharing with his son how they know the PNW will experience the "big one" anytime. Then the geologist has a repetitive dream of the earthquake and resulting tsunami which appears to take place on July 4th. A former fighter pilot flies to Oregon from Atlanta to apologize to a former friend and has a longer stay than planned on the coast of Oregon. The Neakanie Treasure which has never been found and the treasure hunter who has searched for years all are all wound into the story and hold your attention as the countdown for July 4th takes place. You will experience the results as you read and you will most likely be holding your breath as the events unfold.
I admit to being a fan of Buzz Bernard's suspenseful novels, and I had no disappointment with "Cascadia." The author has no reluctance to destroy things dear to him geographically...his debut novel "Eyewall" mangled St. Simons Island (home of a writers conference over which Buzz will preside the next couple of years), followed by "Plague" in which a madman plans to release the Ebola virus into Buzz's own neighborhood. Now he brings a tale of massive destruction to his native Pacific Northwest in an event he drills into us as something that WILL happen (but who knows when?). While Bernard spins his weather expertise into another suspenseful climax, it's the characters he creates that make all his books come to life. In this case, it's a man willing to put his career on the line over a dream that he "just knows" is more than a dream. Despite caveats from his wife and almost everyone else (save one religious counselor), he goes public with his prediction and receives the expected sneers of derision which multiply when his correct vision was incorrectly predicted time-wise. Reluctantly courageous, protagonist Rob emerges from the battle with battle scars, which are far less than those inflicted by Mother Nature on the Pacific Coast. You might need to suspend disbelief a bit on the outcome of some of the secondary characters, namely Shack, but don't miss this great read.
3,0 su 5 stelleCould have been great, turned out average
25 settembre 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
Worth a read, though not what I was expecting. The story starts off well enough, but the dreams and preminitions take away from the overall story. Was hoping for a story about survival, what I got was a story of a family going through marriage issues, a guy trying to make amends to a woman he wronged, and a treasure hunter. There might be more, but these are the only storyline that I remember. Breaking up the story to three very different plots took me out of the story. Then towards the end, a quake finally happens. The problem with this is I knew there'd be an earthquake, so why such a long build up to what I know will happen? I feel if the quake had occurred sooner into the book, then if the story focused on the survival aspect of the quake it would have resulted in a stronger story. Do yourself a favor, check the book out from your local library.
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