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California Author Bob Gentry Pens Survival Fiction Novel

Former mental health professional publishes a disaster thriller about a group of people who survives a magnitude 10.2 earthquake in California.

Atascadero, CA, USA – WEBWIRE

More than just a disaster and survival thriller, “Desert Beach” defines the indomitable human spirit.

Bob Gentry’s ‘crazy’ idea to write a book began about 25 years ago while he was still working as a counselor. Now that he has already retired, he has got time on his hands for writing. He published his first book, a survival fiction novel titled “Desert Beach” (Page Publishing, 2014).
Gentry wrote “Desert Beach” straight out of Atascadero, California where he moved with his family in 1980. “Atascadero is a bit of paradise which is unknown, so don’t tell anyone,” he said. Atascadero is the setting of the novel and it also happens that Atascadero is one of the cities affected by the 2003 San Simeon earthquake.
A great addition to earthquake thrillers, “Desert Beach” proves to be an adventure of cataclysmic proportions. A magnitude 10.2 earthquake sends California into the Pacific Ocean. The epicenter is in the state’s Central Coast in the well-known Atascadero State Prison, “where there may have been 900 staff and inmates injured and over 200 killed.”
The survivors, led by a mental health counselor named Bob, decide to leave the dead bodies behind and row to what is left of the U.S. mainland on boats. They eventually discover Las Vegas, which has become a beach town later named Desert Beach.
What future awaits Bob and his fellow survivors in Desert Beach? Will they find opportunities in the new desert beach? Find that out when you buy the book.
Bob Gentry’s “Desert Beach” is available at Amazon ( and the author’s own website at
Desert Beach
Written by Bob Gentry
Published by Page Publishing Inc.
Published date: June 24, 2014
Paperback price: $14.95
About the Author
A Native Californian, born and raised in Long Beach. Bob Gentry had a great childhood when the big cities were safe. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Bob worked in mental health for 35 years.
Bob and his wife Teri moved their family to Atascadero, California in 1980. They left the beach lifestyle for the country life of rolling hills and oaks in Central California. Bob and Teri have a son, Chad and a daughter, Lacey. The Gentrys built a home on three acres with 22 oaks, a pond, and three creeks. They now have two grandchildren, Colby and Hannah.
Gentry is also the author of other books: “Back to Atascadero,” “Two Cities of Atascadero,” “My Endless Summer,” “ALTO in the VW Bus,” “Full of Snow,” “California,” and “My Route 66.”

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