Synopses & Reviews
A few hundred years ago, Cascadia Island didn't even exist. Like the Washington seacoast, it was rock submerged beneath the Pacific. A massive earthquake changed that, exploding the rock upward, making it land -- unstable land, according to seismologist Dr. Doug Lam.
Lam has spent years researching the Cascadia Subduction Zone. He published a theory that the unrelieved tectonic strain beneath the idyllic landscape of Cascadia Island could be triggered with modern construction processes -- with catastrophic results. The paper was disregarded, even ridiculed, by his peers and by megawealthy developer Mick Walker, who stands to earn millions from the construction of a luxury resort on Cascadia. The elegant casino, hotel, and convention center will reap millions for him even if the tiny island only lasts for a short time...
When a series of earthquakes begins to shake the Northwest Corridor, Doug's worst fears are confirmed. In an attempt to convince Walker to evacuate Cascadia immediately, Doug hurries to join guests arriving for the resort's grand opening. As the tremors wreak havoc across the Northwest coastal area, the military is left with too few resources to assist the people on Cascadia. Convinced that the island will be in ruins within hours, Doug reluctantly calls upon his girlfriend, Jennifer Lindstrom, president of Nightingale Aviation -- a major medical transport helicopter company -- for help.
With snow falling, visibility dropping, and winds increasing, Doug embarks on an impossible mission with Jennifer and Nightingale's helicopters to evacuate over three hundred people, while smaller earthquakes continue to herald the approach of a catastrophic tsunami.
John J. Nance hurtles readers along a nail-biting quest to rescue hundreds of stranded vacationers and resort staff. Meticulously researched, and with the signature authenticity only a veteran pilot could provide, "Saving Cascadia" is a hair-raising thriller of awesome magnitude.
"In this spookily timely new thriller by Nance (Pandora's Clock; Skyhook), human fiddling with nature triggers a series of earthquakes that may result in a 100-foot tsunami aimed at the heart of Seattle. Wealthy developer Mick Walker has sunk a hundred million dollars into a world-class resort on tiny Cascadia Island. What Mick should have known and refuses to believe is that his island is situated directly over a massive fault line. Seismologist Dr. Doug Lam attempted to halt the building of the resort, predicting that the pile drivers and explosives used in the construction could trigger a major earthquake and the resulting tsunami. As Mick and hundreds of his friends and supporters pour onto the island to celebrate the grand opening, the earthquakes begin. Dr. Lam's girlfriend, Jennifer Lindstrom, chief pilot and president of a helicopter business, supplies the aviation angle that all of Nance's books are built upon. Her skill and courage prove pivotal as the earthquake disaster begins to unfold. Nance, an expert in many areas, has written a previous nonfiction book on earthquake concerns (On Shaky Ground), and he builds suspense to a fever pitch in this all-too-credible nail-biter. Agents, Amy Berkower and Simon Lipskar at Writers House. 6-city author tour. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For wealthy real-estate developer Mick Walker, it's all about the dollar signs. Cascadia Island, situated off the coast of Washington, is sure to reap millions from its elegant casino, hotel, and convention center, despite the dire warnings of a lone seismoloist. Years earlier, Dr. Doug Lam of the U.S. Geological Survey published a theory that it was nothing short of madness to build the resort complex. Lam is convinced that centuries of unrelieved tectonic strain will one day erupt and destroy Cascadia Island. His theory has been roundly attacked and his career all but derailed as a result. But just as the resort is set to open and Lam's girlfriend, Jennifer Lindstrom--president of a major helicopter company--plans to fly many of the guests to Cascadia Island, the entire Pacific Northwest starts vibrating with what may be the precursors to the cataclysmic quake Lam fears. Building on a brilliant and all-too-credible geological premise, bestselling author John J. Nance brings his celebrated talents for expertly paced storytelling and unnerving authenticity to Saving Cascadia. As the Northwest corridor implodes in the aftermath of a devastating series of earthquakes, and a tsunami of near-apocolyptic proportions approaches, Nance hurtles readers along on a nail-biting quest to rescue hundreds of stranded vacationers and islanders.
From the bestselling author of "Pandora's Clock" and "Fire Flight" comes a nerve-jangling aviation rescue adventure set in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.