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What happens in the moments leading up to disaster? "The Bridge of Deaths" follows the story of a true life event of a plane crash shortly before World War II of an international meeting of many individuals. Compiling a work of intrigue based on those who lost their lives and what they may have been seeking.
Join Bill and Maggie in 2010 London as through their love and curiosity they unravel the secrets from known and little known events in the 1930s. Journey to Denmark on August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II where a British Airways LTD airplane crashed and sunk. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. The reader walks away with his/her ultimate conclusions. "The Bridge of Deaths' is an unusual yet much recommended read.

5.0 out of 5 stars  "An unusual yet much recommended read", By Midwest Book Review   

 

I am honored and Humbled by all the wonderful reviews, the one by Melissa below, is a 4.5 out of 5 and I am so in awe at how carefully this self described Stay At Home Mother of FIVE read The Bridge of Deaths.

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          Bridge of deaths, May 25, 2014

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This author combined mystery,history and fiction wonderfully She was trying to solve the death of her grandfather in Danish waters, right before the horrors of war took over. The amount of research that went into this book was an act of love. The way this storyline was written is magnificent and the characters are mesmerizing and intelligent.

A book I would highly recommend to everyone who enjoys history and mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !!!, April 11, 2014
I read the whole thing !
I do not normally read this type of literature, but Ms Egan made it so compelling.

This is the story of 3 people who are searching for answers about a plane crash before World War II.

They were not involves with the crash directly, but as you read about the stressors that drove them together, you begin to wonder what is real and just maybe it is not what you thought was real.

The story is written like a diary of a research project, rather than in a strictly narrative style.

I will definitely read more books by this author !!!

Thank you MCV Egan for sharing this tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT REALLY HAPPEND TO A GRANDFATHER IN THE TURMOIL OF 1939 - AN UNWAVERING AUTHOR USING FICTION TO REVEAL TRUTH, March 5, 2014
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This review is from: The Bridge of Deaths (Paperback)
I was gifted this book from the author in late 2011/early 2012 and, to be honest, at the time I knew nothing about it. And, unfortunately, was not able to read it until recently because of personal loss. If you are reading my review to find out what the book is about I suggest you read other reviewers including the synopsis'. The author writes "I hope there are many people all over the world who identify with Maggie, a pacifist who is willing to search and eager to learn about war and history, and the effect those two things have on society as a whole." As a reader, I fit that bill. Please keep reading if you want to know whether I liked this novel or not and why.

I received this book not too long before my husband's unexpected demise. Ironically, at the time, my husband and I had begun watching world history College courses on DVD (for my benefit as he was very knowledgeable about world history) and my passion for history came about a couple years before this. I include this information because I so wish I had begun reading this novel when my husband was alive for numerous reasons. I would have loved to know his opinion on so many things that were included in this novel. This novel is about a Lockheed Electra 10A plane that crashed in Danish waters in 1939. My husband was, among many things, an aeronautical expert and had worked for Lockheed Martin and the government at different times in his life. Anyway, the author wrote her book with a passion for what really happened to her grandfather as a passenger on a Lockheed Electra 10A that crashed into a bridge and ended up in an oceanic grave of planes in Danish waters. Both my husband and I were also chin deep in genealogy so I thoroughly understand the incentive for this author to get her thoughts across to a public audience about the mystery and blatant misconceptions surrounding her grandfather being a passenger [and perhaps victim] on this plane and as to how and why this plane crashed into a bridge just before World War II and how the author researched it ALL so well. The author deserves an award for her immense research alone!

Having said that, I believe any interested party wishing to read this book needs to have an interest in history (specifically secrecy in the 1930s just prior to World War II), an open mind to passed regression hypnosis resulting in how many secrets and lies were going on back then between governments and even including what is going on today. I knew somewhat about IBM and the Holocaust (which is briefly mentioned in this story) but after researching this more I was pulling my head out of the sand. I know there are many types of slavery (besides the overkill stories of blacks in the antebellum United States) and readers are briefly exposed to the current and horrid amount of slavery that is going on worldwide right now. I am not saying these things to scare you away from this novel but by telling you how it opened my eyes to so much and even moreso why I fell in love with this novel that was passionately researched to expose the truth.

So many times fiction is the best route to take when trying to relay truth (past, present or future). In fact, one of the Goodreads quotes includes a quote by Albert Camus which is "Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." The author chooses this method to relay her story to any interested reader. Further, the author herself alludes to (in the novel) how she will relate her story. The fictional character in this book asks the main character (who could be/is the author) toward the last part of the book - "How are you going to tell the story?" The response was "I think it was Jean-Jacques Rousseau who said something like, `The world of reality has its limits, but the world of imagination is boundless.' So I'll tell the story the only way I know how. I'll call it fiction, and then I'll bless myself, go to confession, and say I lied."

I haven't read a novel this good and along the same lines since reading V FOR VENDETTA and enjoying the movie based on the V FOR VENDETTA even more. V FOR VENDETTA resorts to using a superhero and comic type novel that displays the powerful story about love of freedom and individuality. The author of THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS also chooses fiction -- not only to take readers through her personal relation for truth (through losing her grandfather) but to expose at least one mystery (a plane crashing under mysterious circumstances) as best as she could. And, like V, The Bridge of Deaths is "a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil." Through years of intense research involving travel, interviews and some unorthodox methods ... M.C.V Egan succeeds in exposing a mystery and takes us through a very chaotic and a world full of conspiracy in the 1930s! I would give THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS 10 stars if I were able to!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL MYSTERY, March 2, 2014
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This was an engrossing and fascinating look at a very mysterious occurrence that had international repercussions. When this plane went down in Danish waters just before World War II, it had an interesting cast of characters on board and left many unsolved questions.

What was most interesting was the way the author brings us into the past with such a wonderful metaphysical twist. Also, all of her characters were smart and captivating –something often sorely missed in books.

This is a must for anyone interested in history, mystery and the mysterious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bold, Ecclectic Meal of a Thriller, January 9, 2014
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This is one of the most original thrillers I’ve come across. Blending fiction and non-fiction, the author has set out to solve the mystery of her grandfather’s death in a 1939 plane crash on the eve of WWII. But this wasn’t just any plane crash. At least not for the author, who suspects foul play. And with the crash killing two oil men, a German lawyer, and a Member of Parliament, it’s not much of a stretch to believe that this was some sort of clandestine mission gone tragically awry. The plot itself unfolds as an intriguing tapestry that is part detective story and part love story, all wrapped in the strange comfort of a spiritual quest. This brings me to the paranormal element in this novel, an element that is at once skeptical and wholly earnest. It involves psychics, past-life regression and is embraced unreservedly by the heroine, Maggie, while her lover – at least for a time – remains unconvinced. I love, love, love that the author inserted herself as a character – connecting with the fictional story’s lovers via Skype from her home in Florida. It was such a surprising twist in an already suspenseful and unpredictable narrative. And as a huge history buff – one that is especially fond of the era the author is writing about – I was utterly absorbed in the non-fiction component of this novel. The fictional story, rather than being a distraction to the painstaking detective work, was what tied everything together, made it whole. Like a great sauce that accompanies a terrific piece of beef.

My Thoughts:

The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan was amazing! It took me a very long time to read because there is just so much information to absorb. The amount of time that Egan had to have put into the research and writing for this book is unimaginable! World War II is a war that I have always loved to learn about. This book, being set at the brink of the war, provided so much insight to what was happening then. I feel like I just sat through a highly enjoyable history lesson. The look into psychic belief is very interesting. It is not something that I have ever encountered myself but I thought it was portrayed very well. Also the struggle between the belief in psychics and past lives and one's religious up-bringing was interesting to read. I also enjoyed the stories of the people. Bill and Maggie were a very interesting couple struggling to learn about their past lives. Their relationship was fun to watch and I love how Egan ended their story. Catelina's struggle through all her findings was wonderfully written. Although looking for the truth, I felt that sometimes she was also afraid to face it. Maybe it was a fear of this part of her life ending. Either way, I enjoyed reading about her. The details in this book were great. Everything was sited well, and the copies of documentation that were provided were really interesting to see. I would love to go back over the book one day and look up some of the history that is talked about. The only problem I had, was that once in a while I got lost about who was talking. It didn't take away from the book. Sometimes I just had to go back and read again to be sure who was who. You can learn more about The Bridge of Deaths at Egan's website. You can also stop by the Facebook page. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Buy this book at Amazon. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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 There is an invisible bridge between our own lives and the lives of others. Some call it empathy. Some, spirituality. Others, simply love. MCV Egan discovered that bridge while trying to connect with her grandfather who died long before she was born. In her book of historical fiction, Bridge of Deaths, Egan masterfully moves the reader, step by step, across the misty bridge—inviting us to feel our way into the lives of others, past and present. During the tale that Egan tells, archival information often has to be translated from Danish to English. One wonders if Bridge of Deaths is Danish for "Bridge of Lives," or "Bridge of Living." 

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge of DeathsJanuary 15, 2012
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Beatriz Dailey (Washington, DC United States) - See all my reviews

 

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I truly enjoyed reading The Bridge of Deaths. It is very intriguing and the research that MCV Egan has done is thorough and very impressive to me. The book has also taught me events of history that I didn't know about before. Furthermore, the characters are so well written that I can actually identify in some way with each one of them. The book has made me feel as if I myself are with the characters -- there with them through the investigations, Skype calls, etc. I liked the combination of romance, history, mystery, past life regressions. I have mentioned and recommended The Bridge of Deaths to friends and co-workers in the hopes that they too can have an amazing journey while reading it like I did. All in all, a job well done by MCV Egan. It gets two thumbs up from this reader.The Bridge of Deaths



5.0 out of 5 stars History's Mysteries Through Past-Life Explorations, January 15, 2012

The author, M. C. V. Egan, is very forthright in explaining that she is not any expert on world history of the period she relates; in fact, she says that when she began her quest to discover events she knew very little of that era. So as readers we are reassured that the author is not spouting regurgitated history texts, but fictionalizing her own experiences and discoveries. She has no hidden agenda here, no goals except discovery. Instead she is forthright, sharing her explorations and their results with us, her readers. I enjoyed the manner in which she made of herself a character, sharing her actual quests and discoveries and setbacks, just as the fictional characters express their lives throughout the story.

I fell in love with the characters each from their first introduction. Although Ms. Egan uses quite a bit of narrative in introducing them, it's neither boring nor unsubstantiated, for within the narrative she includes dialogue (running in the background, as it were) and a substantial amount of action. She draws her characters in such a way that they are immediately understandable, and the reader easily relates and empathises. The author also has a very clever mode of relating her characters and their events to a background of actual world history in their particular era, which makes the book seem down-to-earth even in the midst of a metaphysical discussion.

She mentions in one spot "the most extraordinary feeling of comfort in simply being with her," and this is the experience I have of "The Bridge of Deaths." I am reminded of all those wonderful books I've read in which I feel as if I have just settled into a comfy armchair beside a roaring fireplace-I can relax, enjoy, and relate to the adventures in the novel as an "Armchair Traveler." This novel made me feel safe and warm, even while exploring the question of past lives, hypnotic regression, and the effects past life events and encounters have on our present and future.

This novel is fascinating: it has intrigue, romance, love that bridges lifetimes, soul mates, history, mystery, the thrills of the unexpected, philosophy, Spirituality, and metaphysics. It is a warm, cozy, comforting story, with the conviction running throughout that there is an Answer-and answers-if we can just persevere to find out. I eagerly await further novels from this special author. I know in the meantime I will be rereading "The Bridge of Deaths" just for the sheer pleasure it brings me.

5.0 out of 5 stars "THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS" (GMTA REVIEW), January 10, 2012
This review is from: The Bridge of Deaths (Paperback)

Book Title: "The Bridge of Deaths"
Author: M.C.V. Egan
Published By: Author House
Age Recommended: 17 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Another phenomenal historically charged novel that I enjoyed from cover to cover. One of the main things about this book that really caught me was the truth of the story. Catalina has been searching for so long to find out the mystery behind her grandfather's death when over on the other side of the pond you have a young man named Bill and a young woman, Maggie that are having quite an exciting journey with past life regression therapy. For years Bill has been haunted by these dreams of being in a plane crash in the middle of an ocean close to a bridge and they won't go away. Sometimes they wake him up at night and he swears he can still feel the salt water seeping into his lungs. When he meets Maggie there's an instant draw that neither of them fully understand until they form a relationship and begin to attend past life regression therapy together.

Suddenly these two young people are thrown into a world so far in the past they have no idea how to cope. Thus the story begins, when they decide to do some research and are led on a path that leads them straight to Catalina that has been trying to find information about the same instance in which both Bill and Maggie lived through an entire lifetime ago.

This is a story that will stay with you, once you read it you won't soon forget it. A true masterpiece filled with a part of the history of a World War most of us in this generation could never begin to understand or know. Are answers found in the end? Does Maggie and Bill begin to accept their part in history and put their lives together for the second time? Does Catalina find out strange circumstances behind her grandfather's death after all these years? Well... you'll just have to read to find out. The best part of all is, the majority of this book is a true story but for a few name changes and I bet it will have even a few skeptics believing in reincarnation before they're done.

I definitely recommend it! Also be sure to look for our giveaway later next month starting on the 1st of February (5) Print copies and (5) PDF copies of this wonderful book will be up for grabs as well as an author spotlight from M.C.V. Egan herself!

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The Bridge of Deaths (Book Review)

Title: The Bridge of Deaths
Author: M.C.V. Egan
Source: From author for review


Goodreads Summary: On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.


Thoughts: The Bridge of Deaths is a mixture of fact and fiction. The tale of real research done into a real plane crash and of fictional characters and a plausible explanation for the events surrounding the crash. This book had me hooked the whole way through. I would not have imagined that a book about research done in archives mixed with psychics and past life regressions could be so interesting.The blend works so well in this story that it leaves me wanting to know more every time I put the book down and even now that I am finished the book, I am intrigued by the mystery surrounding it.
The characters and story come to life in such a way as to make you feel as if you are a part of this small group trying to figure out the details and the inaccuracies of the official reports and trying to piece together the truth. It leaves me wondering what the truth is behind these unusual events that the author has been trying for years to piece together. In a world of spies and government secrets, it is a mystery that may never be completely solved. The conclusion makes sense and you can be sure I will be keeping up with the author's website to see if she uncovers any more pieces of this mysterious puzzle.
This book is a must-read for anyone that enjoys a good mystery, a good historical fiction, or simply a great novel.

 

 

"Death, be not proud"—for thy name is merely 'Bridge'

M. C. V. ("Catalina") Egan's splendid work, The Bridge of Deaths, opens up with these words: "He perceived himself to be a sensible man. He surrounded himself with facts and numbers. Those who worked and interacted with him saw him as a levelheaded, reasonable, and credible individual. He was a man of logic and common sense. And aside from a handful of therapists, no one knew him, not wholly."

Such is the portrait Ms. Egan paints from facts and numbers she was able to gather and surround herself with starting in January of 1993, many of them from hard-to-get-to places, in an admirably conscientious effort to understand and document the death of her grandfather, César  Augustín Castillo, in 1939. Maggie, a character Ms. Egan creates out of whole cloth, is the principal conduit for this otherwise non-fiction story.

But British Maggie is a creature of the year 2010—as is Canadian (albeit, "in passport only") Bill. It's at the entrance to Foyles, the famed London bookstore, that the two of them first stumble upon each another. This serendipitous meeting, following a parade of wits and an exchange of witticisms, takes them to the Self-Help and New Age Philosophies section of Foyles, where Bill purchases a copy of Many Lives, Many Masters (a scholarly treatise on past lives), while Maggie purchases a copy of Same Soul, Many Bodies (a rather questionable polemic—or so, Bill at least thinks—on future lives). However antipathetic their choice of books, the reciprocal attraction between Maggie and Bill is anything but—and they promptly end up in bed. As frequently happens in the best of bedtime stories, however, quick carnal attraction is only the point of departure for our two hopeless romantics.

Our mistress of happenstance, Serendipity, spirits Bill and Maggie away (Maggie, always in the lead; Bill, always happy to follow)—within the span of a couple of weeks—from wits, witticisms and quick sex: first to an exclusive relationship; next, to the start of a deep and abiding love; and then, finally, to a Spiritual Center where they undergo, as part of a group of thirteen acolytes, hypnosis in an attempt to resolve Bill's existential crisis and, by what Ms. Egan calls "past-life regression," to come thereby to terms with the repeated nightmares that would place him in the ill-fated Lockheed Electra aircraft, the "G-AESY (that) crashed into the Storstrom waters on its way to Stockholm on August 15, 1939," as Ms. Egan's grandfather.

By the conclusion of Chapter 12, Ms. Egan has the confidence in her fictional Maggie to say of her and Bill that "(i)n their mutual honesty, they gave each other the tools to make their love story work, make it work for the long haul." (You'll find out in the Epilogue just how effectively and for the long haul it did in fact work!)

From this point on, Ms. Egan puts her quite admirable detective skills to good use. It is, however, only at the start of Chapter 17 that we first read the word 'sabotage'—coming, as it does, out of the mouth of a very proper and reserved English Archivist of the British Airways Archives: "Remember, Catalina, in 1939 the word 'sabotage' was not used lightly; not as it is today."

The chase is now on for Catalina Egan and her alter ego, Maggie! (In fact, Bill virtually disappears from the story until Chapter 36.)

I won't let any cats out of any bags on how this narrative effectively concludes with Bill's third and final session with the hypnotherapist. But if the sleuth in you has a real appreciation and hunger for detail, Ms. Egan's story may be right up your alley. In any case—and quite apart from any particular kick you may get out of the mere act of sleuthing—let us not forget what Catalina writes at the bottom of the first page of Chapter 25: "As she flipped through the pages, she said out loud to no one in particular, perhaps simply to the walls in the room, 'This is about real people'" (my italics added).

Russell Bittner author of Trompe L'Oeil December 24th, 2011

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual yet much recommended read, November 6, 2011
This review is from: The Bridge of Deaths (Paperback)

What happens in the moments leading up to disaster? "The Bridge of Deaths" follows the story of a true life event of a plane crash shortly before World War II of an international meeting of many individuals. Compiling a work of intrigue based on those who lost their lives and what they may have been seeking, "The Bridge of Deaths' is an unusual yet much recommended read.

Reviewed on October 15th 2011

by Daryl Davis  Author of Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Klu Klux Klan  

THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS


Even though The Bridge of Deaths is a novel based upon fact, it could well be a completely nonfiction piece of work. Author Egan has has gone to great lengths to research and and dig to the bottom, leaving no stone unturned in her quest to find out what happened in the suspicious death of her grandfather. Ms. Egan lets the readers know upfront, that some characters have been created to help tell the story. But short of these characters, the intrigue, mystery and suspense surrounding the facts in this case, leave the reader sitting on the edge of the seat with each turn of the page. The coverups, lies, and misdirection that she battles in real life to uncover the truth from long ago is all too familiar in the present day.

The lengths those in the know have gone during her grandfather's lifetime to those still alive in the present who continue to hide the truth, bring us to the unfortunate realization that the "official" story, be it in the past or in the present, is often a tool used to hide something more ominous and reinforces our propensity toward conspiracy theories.

Written with sleuthing detective work akin to a professional investigator but with the passion and detail that only a granddaughter can display in her yearning for closure, The Bridge of Deaths, plays out like a great movie such as Casablanca revisited from a present perspective. This is truly a great read. 



From The Windy City Times by Tracy Baim

 

The Bridge of Deaths, by M.C.V. Egan ( AuthorHouse, $13.99 ) . This is a fictional account of a true story—the Aug. 15, 1939 crash of a British Airways plane over Denmark, before Hitler invaded Poland. The crash killed five, including author Egan's grandfather and an anti-appeaser member of the British Parliament ( Anthony Crossley ) . With World War II looming, the crash received little notice, but Egan does her grandfather proud in digging into the archives for some kernels of truth. She believes the crash was not an accident, and her 18 years of research make for a compelling story. "The Bridge of Deaths is far more fact that fiction," the author said. "My research opened a can of worms—and my hope is that the historical community will reopen this case to ultimately uncover the reasons behind the crash." This is not a gay book, and the author is not gay, but fans of historical fiction should be satisfied with this tale 


From CEWTNK (Nikki of Close Encounters with the Night Kind)


The Bridge of Death  By:  M.C.V. Egan

There comes a time, in every avid reader's life, when he or she hits a book that makes you stop, think, and question or reanalyze your belief system.  I have avoided quite a few books such as these for personal reasons for quite some time, but there was once a time when this particular would have hit my radar the moment it came out.  I came upon an ad of this book that was up for review and after reading a brief description knew I had to read it.  I use books at an attempt to escape life through fantasy, it is a welcome repose for the goings on in my everyday grind.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I received this book in the mail, but I must say it has hit my must read list.  I grew up in an environment similar to Maggie's with Bill reminding me a lot of my father.  This book hit home for me in quite a few aspects, except of course the actual experiences that our three characters went through in dealing with past life regression.  But I am jumping to far ahead so I must retrace back and allow a brief description to flow.  It is an interesting novel and it has three main characters that encompass the story.  Catalina was the shining star of the three, and it is her journey that ties everything together.  This book began as a quest to answer questions dealing with the strange and unsolved mysteries surrounding the death of her grandfather.  After years and years of research through conventional and unconventional means, Catalina is forced to stop once again in order to return to work.  She has pushed aside her dream so many times because life has a way of interfering.  Sound familiar?  I think all of us can relate in some way to this ambitious and dedicated young woman.  She went to extremes most of us wouldn't have thought possible.  Then, a mere week before she starts packing up her research to rejoin the working world, she receives an email from Maggie on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Being hardened by many disappointments over the years, she does not over react to the email.  She just sends a response.  Her response opens up the opportunity to find the missing link she has been searching for.  So our story begins and ends with a loveable European couple that had the courage to search out the truth.

I, like Catalina, am skeptical concerning matters of reincarnation and past lives.  There are many people out there who try to make money off of just about everything.  But this book isn't about those people.  It's about a girl and her unusual journey to find the truth and the many paths she took along the way searching for answers.  I was sucked into this novel after the very first chapter and found it quite difficult to put down.  I have read (surprisingly) most of the books noted or referenced in this novel.  I love Brain Weiss works, as he puts a logical spin on his studies.  It creates a comfort zone for logical people or skeptics.  I enjoyed this book immensely and my inner geek jumped up and down with joy at having been allowed out.  I hope to read many more novels from the author.  She has a gift that should not be wasting away in some dreary form of employment.

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‎Today, ‎September ‎30, ‎2011, ‏‎1 hour ago | Beckahthepsychic@aol.com (Editor)
M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions. You meet the characters Bill and Maggie right off the bat, Maggie being more of an eccentric and Bill being of a more logical mind. What I loved was when Bill, the skeptic, went with Maggie to a past life regression and got his socks knocked off, from then on it is a story of intrigue as Maggie and Bill try to put the pieces of their past lives together. Bill is haunted by the numbers on a plane, and a bridge in Denmark that Maggie is all to familiar with. I love the mix of historical facts and you can tell Egan was quite devoted to the historical subject (just take a look at all those footnotes...wow). I adore the character of Catalina, who I feel in reading this may be an artistic interpretation of the author herself. One of my favorite parts was when Catalina was going through her library, seeing written on the page her thought process was really funny, especially since the reader could sense Catalina's irritation at having to take up a 'real' job and put her obsession aside. All of her characters come to life so easily you can almost hear them talking in your mind, imagine accents, smells and emotions.
Psychic elements run throughout the Bridge of Deaths, other than past lives Catalina went and visited psychics to discover more about her grandfather and his involvement in the mysterious plane crash that fills Bills nightmares. Most of the information contained within the book regarding paranormal phenomena, psychics and past life regression are spot on, when they are not the author notes what is fiction and where creative license was taken. I thought that the footnotes would be distracting but some of them are quite entertaining! Most of the seers and mystics she talks about in her book are either people who have read her or people she has obvious connections with as she cites their entire names etc.
I loved this book, there was no time to be bored, no slow parts. I will say that if you enjoy history, past life regression and the weird this will definitely be a story for you. However, I feel you will soon come to realize that it is much more than that, it is a story of real love, triumph and search for the self. Thumbs up to M.C. V. Egan

Brightest Blessings,
Beckah Boyd

 

Review by Stephanie M Sellers

The Bridge of Deaths

Author - Catalina Egan

 Get a history lesson with a healthy dose of entertainment in The Bridge of Deaths as it takes you into the cockpit during World War II. This suspenseful read is textbook quality with all the footnotes and quotes a lawyer-minded reader covets along with a totally right-brained notion of uncovering history's unknown details via past-life regression therapy. (This is something I personally would not have considered logical. But found it very interesting, and as events matched data, finally plausible, as I write novels with underlying braids of psychohistory.)

Author Egan's storyline fits perfectly with the relationship between main characters, pragmatic Bill and mystical Maggie, who fatefully meet at a bookstore. This meet up is doubly eerie as Bill, the left-brainer, begins a journey which will quench his self existential crisis. The two quickly become a couple as Maggie delves into research to discover what really happened to her grandfather. A levy of events, with significant persons like the honorable Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, the persecuted Jews, evil Hitler, big oil executives and the best of the best pilots fill the pages with realism while the couple meets a lady from across the big pond who claims to have similar information regarding their research on a particular airplane's incident.

The speculation felt like a ledge on my back that kept me turning the pages. With so much factual information I found myself torn between reality and not, like an intruder with a stolen journal. Twists and jaw-droppers pace the pages as Bill and Maggie uncover hidden truths, lies, the public has been forced to swallow. Read The Bridge of Deaths to learn and appreciate what Bill and Maggie discover as they learn 'something is rotten in the State of Denmark'.

You will find yourself questioning past history lessons and the real story behind present day liberal media's presentations. I highly recommend The Bridge of Deaths to anyone with a heart for country, honor and who understands there is more to this world than meets the eye.

 

Reviewed by Stephanie M Sellers

16 Sept. 2011

 

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Hi there friends! Have you read The Bridge of Deaths? Here's what I have to say about MCV Egan's book:

Thorough, rich, filled with references and historic facts, The Bridge of Deaths is a thrilling tale of mystery and love, where the wealth of human lives is explored in a unique, complete, honest, truthful way. Clearly the author went to great lengths in researching the information needed to make this book work. In addition, past-life regression accounts and contact with psychics add a special and intriguing touch to the story. Definitely a must-read for those who enjoy a good novel!