The Bridge of Deaths Paperback – 14 Jun 2011
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About the Author
M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida. she is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the 'mystery' of her grandfather's death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. the story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of psychics.
Top customer reviews
Bridge of Deaths is a mixture of history, fiction and a journalist sense of searching for the truth.
Although truth has its sides, this book cannot be faulted for the evidence that backs up the author's truth and is only enhanced by the fictional characters that portray it.
Yes, there is a mass of data, yet I feel that this only proved that the author did a thorough job.
This book is extremely well written, although it may be a 'story' that would appeal to a selected audience.
An excellent piece of work, where an author reached, if not exceeded her goal.
THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS is based on the author's 18-year journey for answers behind the August 15, 1939 plane crash which killed her grandfather and four other passengers. The crash occurred in Denmark near a bridge called Storstromsbroen on the eve of World War II. One of the most fascinating structural elements of the story is the author's integration and fictionalization of the less conventional techniques she employed in the real hunt, such as interviews with psychics and past life regression.
The pilot survived the crash and this fact shaped much of the fictional core of the book. At the start, we are introduced to Bill, a modern day man who has trouble sleeping. In his nightmares, he is in a sinking plane. He and his energetic girlfriend, Maggie, discover and connect with Catalina, who introduces them to the plethora of research she has conducted to try to solve the mystery of her grandfather's death: what brought the particular passengers together on this flight, why the plane crashed, and why too many of the records conflict with each other.
Extensive amounts of the evidence that author M.C.V. Egan uncovered about this event are shared in THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS, in a fictional framework. As a genealogist and former librarian, I am used to wading through primary and secondary records. As a reader, though, I found the middle third of the book a bit heavy in the quantity of data shared and I would have preferred a few more direct clues to help me sort through the pieces of the puzzle. However, I am aware that other readers have loved this aspect of the book. Conversely, though some readers did not like the use of footnotes all through the fictional story, I rather liked that structural attribute.
The Bill and Maggie storyline is quite wonderful; light, with elegant yet crisp descriptions, and occasional philosophical bonuses that made me smile and nod in agreement. Maggie's personality is particularly appealing. I loved the way the author melded the past life regression and psychic input from the real story into the fictional storyline. Overall, I think the book is a fascinating read and it offers an extensive bibliography. Those who seek out fiction which uses psychics or past life regression to provide insight into mysteries, models the fictionalizing of genealogy, or explores lesser known events of the WWII time period would find this book of interest.
Based on an actual event, The Bridge of Deaths tells the story of one woman's search to uncover the truth behind the death of her grandfather. On August 15th, 1939, an English aircraft crashed in suspicious circumstances in Danish waters. Aboard were 5 important passengers, amongst them the author's grandfather. Two weeks later, World War Two broke out. This part is factual, as is the incredibly well-documented data revealed throughout the book. And the factual information ties in masterfully with the fictional characters and plot.
There are three main characters in the book: Bill, Maggie and Catalina. These characters are well-developed and likeable.
The fiction begins with Bill and Maggie meeting in the self-help section of a book store in London. They are instantly attracted to each other and become close. Bill tells Maggie of the nightmares he is experiencing involving the numbers on the side of a plane, visions of a bridge and the taste of cold salt water; all from a past life. Maggie suggests he try Past Life Regression. She then finds details of the air crash on the internet which leads her to contact the third character, Catalina.
Catalina, a Floridian woman, who has spent many years researching the crash herself - which also shows all the signs of a conspiracy - is delighted to find someone else who is interested in the mystery. Maggie and Catalina agree to help each other and keep in touch via email and Skype calls, which also involves drinking several glasses of wine each, and smoking loads of cigarettes. The trio decide the best way to solve the enigma is through Bill's regression, which in turn allows Bill to unravel his dreams. Between them they manage to put together the facts; before, during, and after the plane crash.
M.C.V.Egan has authored a book that screams years of dedicated research, to say nothing of how well-written it is. I was captured from the very first page. Throughout the book, I particularly enjoyed the Skype discussions between Maggie and Catalina which made me feel I was sitting there listening to them first hand, being part of the conversation, not reading about them in a book. Although the narrative is extremely detailed in parts, I found myself wanting all the information I could get. I was completely enthralled and found it difficult to put down. Though I did, through necessity, several times, but found the thread was easy to pick up again.
It is quite clear many years of love and hard work have gone into this work. It is also clear there is a very strong personal motive behind the writing of it. Having now finished reading, I would say those twenty years of research have unquestionably paid off.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which is now taking its rightful place on my `to be read again soon' shelf.
Without any hesitation, I am giving The Bridge of Deaths the full 5 stars.
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