Saving Cascadia by John J. Nance
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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.
 

About John J. Nance

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John J. Nance was born in Texas and grew up in Dallas. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from SMU and a Juris Doctor from SMU School of Law, and is a licensed aerospace attorney. Nance is a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and he is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve. Nance has piloted various jet aircraft and has logged over 13,000 hours of flight time in his commercial airline and Air Force careers. Nance is also an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, and is the Aviation Analyst for ABC televison and the Aviation Editor for Good Morning America. His editorials have been published in newspapers nationwide, including the L. A. Times and USA Today. Nance has written non-fiction books including Splash of Colors, Blind Trust, On Shaky Ground, and What Goes Up, and fiction bestsellers including Final Approach, Scorpion Strike, Phoenix Rising, Pandora's Clock, Medusa's Child, The Last Hosatage, Blackout, Headwind and Turbulence. Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child both aired as major, successful two-part mini-series on television.
 
Published March 3, 2005 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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Planning to fly guests to Cascadia is Seattle’s Jennifer Lindsrom, president of Nightingale Aviation, a major helicopter company she inherited from her father—and she has a medivac company attached to Nightingale.

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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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However, despite their clearance, US Geological Survey seismologist Doug Lam is convinced that there is a major fault line beneath the island that is being aggravated by the stresses of construction and that Cascadia is in imminent danger of being destroyed by earthquakes which will lower the isl...

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