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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743250516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743250511
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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From Booklist

For readers who are still counting, this is Nance's sixteenth novel. It concerns one Mick Walker, a millionaire real-estate developer who hopes to get even richer when his resort casino, hotel, and convention center open on Cascadia Island, off the coast of Washington. Enter Dr. Doug Lam, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, who believes that centuries of tectonic pressure will cause an eruption and destroy the island. Lam's sweetheart, Jennifer Lindstrom, owns a helicopter company and is scheduled to fly some of the guests to the island's opening. But the Pacific Northwest starts to vibrate with the first tremors, resulting in earthquakes and a huge tsunami off the coast, endangering hundreds of tourists and residents. Nance, as usual, offers a small amount of sex ("Jennifer had been balancing on one leg and pulling on her pantyhose when an impressively strong earthquake shook the hotel") with lots of chaos. Like Nance's other novels, the ending here is no great surprise, but the author's countless fans won't care. George Cohen
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More About the Author

John J. Nance, aviation analyst for ABC News and a familiar face on Good Morning America, is the author of several bestselling novels including Fire Flight, Skyhook, Turbulence, and Orbit. Two of his novels, Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child, have been made into highly successful television miniseries. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Nance is a decorated pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He lives in Washington State.

Customer Reviews

In my opinion, in Saving Cascadia, John J. Nance has written another excellent thriller.
Ragnar
Repetitive, bland dialogue and unsympathetic, inconsistent characters are the hallmark of this book.
rs
I feel so ticked off now I wouldn't own the book, not after being jerked around like that.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ragnar on September 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, in Saving Cascadia, John J. Nance has written another excellent thriller. As a professional geologist, I found his research on the Cascadia Subduction Zone to be authentic and believable. As a novelist who writes about some of the same subjects as John, both wildfire and earthquakes, I found Saving Cascadia to be a page turner - the kind you stay up with all night - fast-paced, suspenseful, brilliantly plotted, with realistically flawed characters thrown up against one challenge after another.

Linda Jacobs
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Galindo VINE VOICE on April 20, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book I have read by John J. Nance. The concept was interesting, but I couldn't help but comparing it to the old "Earthquake" movie: ruthless capitalist knows there is a problem and refuses to deal with it, as hero seismologist attempts to save his corner of the world while at the same time his own personal life is in disarray. Involved is a whole host of other characters with their own stories. The comparisons just were overwhelming to me. I kept thinking that the author was going to concentrate on the flying/helicoptor rescue bits of this novel, but it just wasn't to be.

Overall the book kept me interested and I felt it fairly well written. However, I just kept thinking the author was holding something back. If the book was more edgy I think it might have been better and far more interesting. **SPOILER** Everything just ties up entirely too nicely, and I think that is part of the problem.

If looking for a relatively interesting book to pass the time, this one might do it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found this novel to be entertaining. It's a nice change that John J. Nance doesn't write yet another air disaster but keeps it on the ground instead. Nance is a very skilled writer with a narrative that puts you in the middle of the story. A fast and sometimes emotional story that kept me entertained.

Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam on July 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was everything I used to love about Nance's books: action and mystery. It was difficult to put down. I'm happy he made this book, despite the fact that it deviates pretty far from his usual genre, because I feel like his last few books have been disappointing. Definitely a worthwhile read if you like aviation, geology, and engineering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janelle Martin on May 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John J. Nance's 17th book, Saving Cascadia, departs from the formula used in many of his earlier novels, which focused much of the action in airplanes. While fans of the genre may be disappointed in this new direction, they will still get some edge-of-their-seat flying time - just in helicopters rather than jetliners - combined with a ticking time-bomb in the form of an earthquake.

Seismologist Dr. Doug Lam has spent years researching his theory of Resonant Amplication: the idea that continuous small resonances sent into a "locked zone" can eventually trigger the big one for the Pacific Northwest, an earthquake larger than any the region has seen since the Alaska earthquake of 1964 or the largest tsunami to hit the region which was triggered by a massive earthquake in 1700. For 300 years, seismic activity has been building up in the Quilieute Quiet Zone, just waiting for the trigger to release another magnitude 9+ earthquake.

All someone needs to do to trigger that major catastrophe is to "pull the plug" on the pent-up seismic activity, and construction of Cascadia Island's new casino resort may have done just that. Now Doug has to figure out a way to stop the devastating tsunami he knows could take many lives at any moment and save the woman he loves.

Saving Cascadia has all the requisite features of an eco-thriller: a discredited scientist, impending natural disaster, politicians who refuse to see the truth, conflict between family members and a heroine on the run from unknown bad guys. Rather than allowing this novel to become just another formulaic thriller, Nance uses his significant scientific knowledge to raise the bar for the rest of the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By just pixels on April 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Saving Cascadia" is a silly waste of reading time. Implausible plot, coupled with characters who don't seem quite capable of rational thought, mixed with the laughable personal "relationship" sub-plots, adds up to six hours subtracted from your life forever.

In the middle of the contrived crisis, characters confront each other over childhood slights, affairs (real or imagined), political intrigues and jarringly out-of-place "issues". Seems like they'd have more important things to talk about.

There is a twist bolted on at the end. Technically this book is pre-spoiled, but I won't give away the twist except indirectly: One of the characters purposely caused the death and destruction as a form of revenge because somehow this character knew there would be an earthquake in that location, at that time, in that way by being in exactly the right place to cause it all to happen. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but it's so much easier to serve it on Facebook.

Anyway, save yourself the time and read (or listen) to something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Golden on November 9, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
We have enjoyed all of John J. Nance's books. Saving Cascadia was my least favorite. I felt the information regarding the earthquakes was too technical and repetitive. My husband and I are both pilots and that is why we first started purchasing his audio books. He is a great story teller and we usually rate them as 5 stars. This one was a little disappointing. My husband liked it more than I did and would probably rate it higher than 3 stars (my rating, his is 4 stars) We enjoy the flying sequences in his novels more than anything else, and I am sure that is why it did not live up to my expectations. It is still a good story.
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