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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  33 reviews
EPIC Award Winner

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.

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Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 11th 2016 by Bell Bridge Books
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Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Buzz Bernard knows how to tell a story and keep you interested, and itching for more. This book made me feel for the characters and the elements they were dealing with.
The full review will be posted on The Page Turner February 16, 2017 as part of Mystery Thriller week.
P. Christopher Colter
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cascadia is the new thriller from author and Oregon native H.W. “Buzz” Bernard, a former weather officer with the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years, and a senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel for 13 years. Since publication of his debut novel Eyewall in 2011, Bernard has released a total of five thriller novels, with Cascadia being the latest, slated for release in July of 2016.

Bernard’s latest novel is based on the premise of a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami striking in the Cas
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: July 5th 2016
Rating 4,5qqq

“There are events that occur in our lives we absolutely can't explain, that don't make sense, at least to us. But that doesn't mean they didn't happen or that we made them up, or that we're tripping off into Far-Fetched Land.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Buzz Bernard holds a special spot in my book-loving heart. His first book was one of the first books I read for the purpose of giving a review. I was interested in it because the setting was St. Simons Island, GA. I have family there and it is where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. At the time, I took a chance on a new author and he took a chance on me as a new reviewer. Then two years later, I interviewed him to promote his second book, PLAGUE. He is a delightful person and I enjoyed that ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 1
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
All I can say is wow! This book kept me up reading late and I was reluctant to put it down. I am a huge fan of disaster fiction and this book really delivers. The difference is that this book describes a very real scenario as this disaster WILL happen one day.
Dr. Rob Elwood who is a well known and respected geologist keeps having persistent nightmares about the "Big One" that is due to happen on the West Coast of North America. After consulting with a close friend who was in the clergy and list
Mandi Scott
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure here: Buzz Bernard is a terrible writer. His characters are shallow, his dialogue is laughable, and his plot points are ridiculous. However, he did get the science right in this book. "Cascadia" is about deadly megathrust earthquakes and ensuing tsunamis that devastate the western region of the Pacific Northwest about every 500 years, some with intervals as short as 250 years! These monster quakes are caused by full-length ruptures of the Cascadia Subduction Zone that lies under ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love a great EOTWAWKI book. Disaster books. This ain't one. So, I'm not sure what this is . . . a short story? An outline for a better, more involved novel? A book proposal? It's 200 pages, and just isn't really much more than a hint of a book. I didn't hate it, but it's Paint By Numbers writing at best. Somebody bought on book on how to write a novel, and pounded this out according to those strict rule. So it's dull and ordinary, and the writing isn't good. And the "big rescue ending" is just ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you like blockbuster disaster movies? Do you ever read a typical “beach book”? If you say yes to either one of these questions, then Cascadia by Buzz Bernard is the perfect summer read for you.

As I was reading Cascadia, I kept saying to myself, “This could make a perfect movie script without any changes at all.” I could picture all my favorite stars in the main roles, and even as some of the minor comic relief characters. This would be a lot of fun. I hope it actually does happen, because thi
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is quite a natural disaster story. I am usually not a huge fan of disaster books. In my experience, many of them start out exciting and then dwindle once the disaster is actually over, losing pace and becoming all about the government's intervention. This book didn't do that, and kept me reading and hoping the best for the characters until the very end.

There are multiple story lines going on in this book at the same time, and they are each fulfilling and handled with care. I found that I r
Jeanie Loiacono
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Polly Krize
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Suffering from disturbing nightmares about massive earthquakes and destruction, geologist Rob Elwood decides to alert the public about his fears. A huge seismic event in the Cascadia Subduction Zone may cost much more than damage to his career. "Buzz" Bernard is a new author for me, but I will be looking out for more of his well-researched and -written prose. Recommended.
Rita McDowell
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptionally Entertaining

From the very beginning to the last word in this book it will grab your attention and keep it. Breathtaking and heart pounding. Excellent read. Enjoy!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Renowned geologist Rob Elwood has a recurring nightmare in which his Washington state beach town is leveled by a devastating earthquake, then drowned by a towering tsunami. The dream has been a part of his life since he lost friends and colleagues in the 2004 Indonesian quake and tsunami, but in the last few weeks it’s become a nightly terror. The dreamscape indicates the disaster will happen during a festive national holiday, just as the July Fourth weekend nears. And precisely who is Cassie, t ...more
Sandra Stiles
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, thriller
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 ...more
Mary Shafer
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is well-written and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you like fast-paced adventure that involves engaging, well-drawn characters, this read's for you. The only reason it took me five days to read it is because I rationed pages because I didn't want it to be over that soon!

I've enjoyed all Buzz Bernard's books so far because most of them are about extreme weather, with which I'm fascinated. He's a retired meteorologist, so he's great at delivering believable, accurate, weather-ba
Alexandra Christle
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Buzz Bernard’s Cascadia is another page-turning story. His well-written and vivid descriptions paint a picture that allows the reader to visualize the scene. He has a grasp of human nature and personal relationships that brings his characters to life—whether you root for them or not, these people become real. There is humor, pain and despair in this book, all brought to life by an outstanding mastery of words. Yes, he does “teach”—his background and experience make him qualified to do so, but if ...more
Cynthia L. Turner

Reader's need more novels like this. This novel describes with precision just what could happen in a megaquake situation. The characters are real and vivid. The reader is engaged with the characters and the story. This novel is highly recommended and has a wealth of knowledge and information that will actually help the reader in a survival situation.
Tammy Kenney
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Supercell and Blizzard by this author and Supercell is a favorite read so I thought I’d read Cascadia. His descriptions and knowledge made it very easy to picture in my mind. I couldn’t put it down. I think my favorite character was Neahkahnie Johnny and his dog Zurry. I was hoping he’d find the treasure. I found this to be a very good read that kept me engaged until the end.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling disaster tale

I really enjoy Buzz Bernard's books. They are each about some very accurate and well researched natural disaster and I have faithfully read each and every one. While some have happened in the past, including the very distant past, the others happen more frequently. This is a real page turner.
is a page turner. When can we expect the next one?
Edward Dennison
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It isn't often that you find a combination of solid science, hair-raising but very believable plot, and fine writing. This one will keep you on the edge of your chair, especially if you live on or near the Pacific Northwest coast.
Kay Cantwell
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

The characters were believable and you tended to like them. The conflicts real especially in this age of coronavirus 19. I liked that the hero did have to evaluate what was most important.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Searching for non-fiction books on Cascadia or The Ring of Fire, I found this fiction novel. Very enjoyable and true on area information. I read quickly as an E-book from the library.
charles austin
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great books to read. fast read and totally enjoy the story line, characters and plot. I have now read all of Buzz Bernard’s books. Enjoyed them all.
John Johnstone
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first disaster fiction novel for sometime and I am very glad I chose this one. This is a fast paced story of disaster and interlaced human stories. Rob Elwood a geologist who gets a vivid nightmare of disaster hitting his home town and wider area with earthquake and tsunami. Who will believe him and how can he make a difference. A little patience is required early on in the book while you are briefed about the science. The author makes this bearable by expertly mixing it up with the o ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Wade's Book Club Throwdown - overnight in Manzanita made it all the more real.

Pretty fun read about what will happen to the Pacific Northwest when The Big One finally hits. Takes place in the coastal town of Manzanita. Interesting characters, and really like the spirituality introduced in the form of a woman who seemed to just show up at the perfect time, and touched many lives. A little unbelievable when rescue workers clear trees from the 101 highway so a small plane could land in order to tak
L Everett
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, it really makes you think about the life choices we make and the "be careful what you wish for, you may get it" syndrome, and not to ignore that "gut feeling" when you experience warning bells. Very fast paced and I raced thru the chapters with a knot of dread in my stomach knowing what was going to happen next. Especially liked the end of chapter 17 when the dog loyally carrying his masters newly discovered pirate gold thru the tsunami wave, begins to drown as his owner is occu ...more
Kathleen Schrieber
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book to read. Strange thing is that in his addendum in the back of the book he talks about how rare it is that a tornado will strike in Oregon. The main city in the book, Manzanita, actually had one hit the city in 2016. Now, I'm not real superstitious, but 2016 has been a really awful year(except for the Chicago Cubs), that I would seriously look into having everything in preparedness in case a large to mega earthquake should happen. Just saying. ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This was a decent commute read, maybe a decent summertime, sitting next to the pool on vacation read. It seemed kinda formulaic, the "cliffhangers" were predictable and unsurprising. The metaphysical plot line was unexpected but wasn't as engaging as another book that had hard science behind their plot for a PNW megaquake. ...more
robert aguilar
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
page turner

being familiar with the northwest I found this read to be very accurate in describing the area. the story was excellent and well written and the characters were well developed and you could connect with them. fast paced and very hard to put down. I was always looking to see what was going to happen next. Excellent reading.
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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 (Electronic Publishing Industry Coaliti

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