“Cascadia,” Bernard’s fifth novel, tells the story of a major earthquake and tsunami striking Manzanita on a busy summer day. It intermixes the lives of a famed geologist who foresees the disaster and tries to get the public to pay attention, with his retired clergyman/counselor friend, who supports him despite widespread skepticism.
Other characters include a former fighter pilot trying to make amends with a local woman he jilted years before, and an eccentric retiree who searches the area for legendary buried treasure.
“Cascadia” has been cited for its graphic depiction of the devastation that could occur when “The Big One” – the dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake – occurs just off the Oregon coast.
Jerry Thompson, author of the non-fiction work “Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America,” said Bernard’s book is “riveting, scary, and entirely believable . . . a compelling, page-turning thriller with the ring of truth.”
Bernard is a native Oregonian. Before becoming a novelist, he worked at The Weather Channel, as a senior meteorologist for 13 years. Prior to that, he was a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. His airborne experiences included a mission with Air Force Hurricane Hunters, airdrops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and a stint as a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post.
Copies of “Cascadia” will be available for sale and autographing at the reading.
Representatives of the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will also be on hand to demonstrate and sell disaster supplies.