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?
Dr. Rob Elwood, a geologist whose specialty is earthquakes and tsunamis, is having nightmares of "the big one" that are way too real to disregard. His friend, a counselor and retired reverend, does not think Rob is going nuts. To the contrary, he believes the dreams are premonitions to be taken seriously. No one else does, however, even after a press conference.
Some live to regret it, most don't.
Rob's drama becomes intertwined with others--a retired fighter pilot trying to make amends to a woman he jilted decades ago and a quixotic retiree searching for legendary buried treasure in the rugged coastal mountains of Oregon.
All are about to live Rob's nightmare.
"Riveting, scary, and entirely believable . . . a compelling, page-turning thriller with the ring of truth." Jerry Thompson, author of Cascadia's Fault
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).
H. W. Buzz Bernard
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I mostly liked it but it has two problems one major and one minor which is why I only gave it a three. The minor is it is a bit preachy, you know, lots of time spent warning us why this is such a bad thing and how we should prepared. Okay I can live with that. What totally turned me off though was a really major plot flaw I won't describe in case I spoil it but I will say this. In an extreme emergency where there have been mass casualties and healthy people who have a decent chance of being rescued still floating out at sea on tsunami wreckage I just can't see a rescue boat of any kind hanging about waiting to assist one very gravely injured woman in a highly improbable and extremely dangerous rescue. Triage and targeting of resources where the most lives can be saved would be the rule of the day. Besides, the hospitals would be far too swamped with those they can certainly save to waste resources on those who might not make it no matter what they do. I think she would have been...
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...
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.
Just an ok story for me.
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