The Bridge Of Deaths

The Bridge Of Deaths

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by M. C. V. Egan
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

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9781463410414
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AuthorHouse
Publication date:
06/13/2011
Pages:
372
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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The Bridge of Deaths


By M. C. V. EGAN

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Copyright © 2011 M. C. V. EGAN
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ISBN: 978-1-4634-1041-4


Chapter One

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.

At this point in time, he had exhausted all sensible, reasonable, credible, traditional, levelheaded, common sense, and rational options to try to solve his problem. He now found himself open to the possibility of the unreasonable, incredible, irrational, implausible, and illogical. It could even be said that he was now open to the possibility of the absurd and the ridiculous.

He functioned and lived well enough. To be sure, he functioned and lived better than most. And until now, this had been acceptable, a reasonable way of living. But now this was no longer the case, and at least in part, this was due to his age. He was now past the age of thirty, and he began to have a strong desire for a family of his own. The stress of such desires could also be a contributing factor that was aggravating his problem.

His logical mind made him fully aware of one thing, and that was the type of woman he wanted to share his life with: the type of woman he pictured himself riding off into the happily-ever-after proverbial sunset with was not going to settle for "enough." It is also probably important to note here that although he did not realize it, he was by all accounts a hopeless romantic.

Now that he was an accomplished success in his chosen field and in a financially stable situation, he felt a need to fulfill other aspects of his life. As was mentioned before, like so many men past the age of thirty, he sought to find a perfect woman, a woman to share his life with. It was not a particular physical type he imagined, for he found (as most men do) all pretty women attractive. The list of requirements for the perfect woman was more along the lines of an educational and socioeconomic nature. And, of course, he required that she have mental stability.

His problems seemed, as so many things in life, not to be fair. Fortunately, he was not one to wallow in self-pity. He knew that enough effort and resources had been spent on various traditional medicines and therapies to try to solve his problem. He had also indulged in the untraditional recreational drug and alcohol escapism cure, as some do in youth. None of the aforementioned had worked, not in the long term.

He had originally sought hypnosis to learn relaxation and control techniques. The first hypnosis session taught him how to apply relaxation techniques. In that session he learned that while under hypnosis he was always ultimately in control. He quickly learned that he could choose to stop the session at any time. He could do this by simply opening his eyes.

The second session was quite a different story; it brought back his worst nightmare with such clarity that he had a strong physical reaction. He started moving his arms and legs in such a way that he unfortunately somehow hit the psychologist and gave the poor man a rather nasty black eye. The session was interrupted before he tasted the salty water of the sea, cold salty water, and saw the bridge (that part was always in his nightmare).

With an icepack held to his face, the therapist warned him that a certain door to his subconscious had been opened and that he might start having the dream more vividly than he had in the past. He could not imagine his dream to feel any more real than it already did. The therapist also stated that a problem having lasted seventeen years could hardly be solved overnight.

Inasmuch as he accepted that the therapy might work, he had begun to develop a level of distrust of his doctor. Frankly, he had developed a strong dislike for the therapist and felt that the man made him feel inferior. The doctor was pushing, trying to take him to places in his mind that he was not ready to visit. And with regard to what he saw in his dreams, the therapist had discussed certain ... beliefs he might consider as a possibility for his problems. These beliefs were such that most in a world of facts and numbers would find hard to digest.

He did realize that his first trip to Europe as a teenager with his school had been the beginning of his unpleasant dreams. The therapist called that the trigger. The problem began with nightmares, but those had grown into other problems. Aside from the trigger, the doctor also spoke of layers of trauma acquired after the trigger. These problems had created certain obstacles in his life.

At first, the transfer to London had been a feather in his cap, a desired jump in the ladder to reach his career goals. As the weeks passed and he began to feel more and more uncomfortable, he began to pinpoint that it had not been puberty, but rather the eighth grade trip to Europe (the trigger) when it all began. Here in London he felt this "problem" was interrupting the way he liked to function in his life and in his work.

This trigger, according to the therapist—the therapist he did not like—bridged who he had been(in a past life) with who he now was. This principle of past lives was not a tangible idea that he could relate to. If he needed to believe in reincarnation at all, he needed facts that made it seem plausible.

The dreams continued to haunt him. They started out in different ways but always ended the same ... the same lettering on the wings and on the side of the aircraft; the taste of salty, cold water in his mouth; the anxious feeling of loneliness and apprehension; and, these days, the inevitability of awakening to a wet bed and the frustrating and unpleasant feeling that he had no control over this.

It was his dislike for the therapist that had introduced him to past-life regression, coupled with the embarrassment about the black eye he had given said man. That made him seek elsewhere for answers on his own. He had to tackle the problem, as he had a fear of losing all that he had accomplished: the steady climb up a corporate ladder—although in his case, it was more of a fancy marble staircase. This had been accomplished through hard work and an extensive and expensive Ivy League education.

Seeking to understand past lives was the very reason he found himself in one of London's finest (if not the finest) bookstores that had survived the bad economy and competition from Amazon and other online sources. It was there at the bookstore, Foyles that he was holding a book from an impressive source, which explained why such an unlikely and illogical type of therapy might actually work.

Chapter Two

Maggie liked Foyles at Charing Cross Road and shopped there often. She had been raised with all that is unlikely, unconventional, and supernatural (perhaps even magical). When she was a child, her world was that of fairies, ghosts, wishes, and the power of crystals and planets. She was taught that answers were to be found in round circles called astrology charts and that there were many people in the world who were psychic and could foretell the future. Although that world was an appealing world, it was inevitable that Maggie, as so many teenagers do, would rebel against the beliefs she was raised with and seek other philosophies.

She experimented with various traditional religions and belief systems that existed to fill in the voids felt by those lacking any sort of faith. She found that although she liked many traditional religions and appreciated what they stood for, it was indeed Buddhism that made her feel the most complete. Maggie was for all intents and purposes an illogical, whimsical, adventuresome, and happy young woman. She slept soundly and lived a very complete life.

The philosophies of acceptance by which she lived her life made her compatible with most people. She had a nice relationship with her mother, a Danish astrologer, and her father, a successful English businessman who was happy to receive a little guidance from the planets. (If anyone objected to this, he happily pointed out that it had worked for Ronald Reagan.) Maggie often read the books her mother spoke about, and every once in a while, she even joined her mother in some new age ritual or other.

It was the excuse of searching for the perfect birthday gift for her mother that placed her at the same book section and store. From the moment she saw the tall, slender man walking down the street, she felt that she needed to follow him. This is not something she remembered ever having done before. She was pretty, and more often than not, men approached her. Experience had taught her that many men worth talking to could be shy and sometimes needed to be approached. With the confidence that is often exhibited by very pretty women, she was not deterred in the least by his surprised reaction to her smile, and so she spoke.

"So, which of the women in your life recommended that book to you? Was it your mum or your girlfriend?"

She was indeed pretty, and inasmuch as he was instantly attracted to her, it was not in a purely physical way. Someday, as their love story flourished, she would explain to him that when two souls from the past meet, they recognize each other. This happens in love stories, to parents when they first encounter the eyes of their newborn, and to friends as well as enemies.

As so many lovers do, when they first met, neither one of them spoke the absolute truth. Like so many lovers starting out a new love story, if they had known where this would lead, both of them might have run out of the bookstore. But they both chose to stay, and so on a cold winter day in January of 2010, when the world was mourning the passing of so many souls in Haiti, their love story began. He smiled back and answered her question.

"Why would it have to be a woman? Why couldn't a man recommend it?"

"Oh I see. You are an American."

"No, Canadian actually."

"Same difference. Perhaps in America or Canada, a man other than the author would recommend Many Lives, Many Masters. But here in England, well, it would have to be a girlfriend probably on her grand quest as to how you are soul mates eternally destined to be together, or maybe it would be a middle-aged mum who just discovered Brian Weiss, the author. So, it is that, or you have some sort of existential crisis that led you to find the book on your own. So, mum or girlfriend?"

"Hmmm, let me see. My mother prefers to pray and attend church. I don't have a girlfriend, and it was the medical background of the guy who wrote the book, Dr. Weiss, that impressed me. So, maybe I do fall into the existential crisis category"

Her beautiful eyes widened.

"Existential crisis it is then, but if you seek impressive credentials in past-life therapy, you might want to read this book, Other Lives, Other Selves. Tell me, what triggered your belief in past lives?"

"Belief! I would not call it belief ... possibility. I've come to realize that strange things happen."

"You know, once you read that book, you will believe. In life there are certain doorways that once you cross them, they will forever change you. And you might also resolve your existential crisis. What you will definitely find is that women love to sleep with men who search for depth through such beliefs."

So in that cold European winter when some in the world denied global warming, he lay in bed, holding her. He could not imagine a less likely place to have encountered the perfect girl, the self-help section at a bookstore. She was, by all accounts, very beautiful. Her laughter and smiley eyes were completely contagious. He was ready to settle down, and she might be the one, even if that involved accepting some very unlikely ideas that she held. There was the most extraordinary feeling of comfort in simply being with her.

Maggie had to laugh; she thought he'd be a quick and fun adventure, one that she would soon get out of her system. But this yuppie geek, as it turned out, was surprisingly special from the very first moment. This could be far more than a casual adventure.

Bill had not spoken to anyone about his problems. Not anyone other than doctors or therapists. Maggie worked counseling young kids. She was trained to ask just the right questions to make people talk. Bill was used to carefully giving only the information he wanted to give in business and in his private life. He sometimes caught himself telling Maggie much more than what he expected was safe. She thought that she knew just how to pry and could tell he was holding back; this, of course, made him all the more interesting.

Their love story grew and developed as some do. Maggie usually led and Bill followed. They enjoyed the typical things new couples enjoy, such as going to restaurants, the cinema, shops, and museums. Sometimes, if the winter weather allowed, they went for nice long walks. Before Bill met Maggie, he had spent all his time in London buried in his work, with his colleagues at the gym, or finding ways to run away from the dreams and thoughts that haunted him. He did this by playing any distracting "brain game" that helped him to forget the letters, the same five letters, on the wings and on the side of the aircraft in his nightmares.

He liked to remember how it had been the day they met there in the bookstore by the self-help and philosophy section while he had been holding the book Many Lives, Many Masters, a book that seemed sensible enough to explain past lives. (He had also noticed one discussing future lives. That seemed ridiculous, and he was wondering if in spite of Dr. Weiss's credentials, this was the right way to learn more about past-life regression therapy.) It was right at that moment that she had smiled and spoken. He liked the thought of how later that day, before they left the bookstore together, they each had purchased a book; he bought Many Lives, Many Masters, and Maggie chose the one about future lives, Same Soul, Many Bodies, the ridiculous one. They often visited Foyles on rainy days.

Maggie loved that bookstore, so it could not exactly be said that she had followed him inside. That would have been completely out of character for her. She had not only felt attracted to his physique, but also the way he moved as he walked seemed so familiar; there was a very strong force there, and there had been something she recognized.

Then he absolutely surprised her; he went to the section she had least expected "his type"—the cute, yuppie geek type—to choose: he went to her mother's favorite section, the self-help and new age philosophies section, and in his hand was one of the new age beliefs' basic books, Many Lives, Many Masters.

This was good; it could only mean that he was new to such ideas. That was an old book. It was from the 1980s. Maybe even older. It had to be that old; she remembered a copy or two in her parents' house for as long as she could remember. This guy, this conquest—Maggie, as many pretty young women do, conquered the hearts of men for sport—this conquest would be a breeze. It was then that he felt different, when he spoke and she heard his accent, an accent so familiar to her from the cinema and the telly, the accent of all the handsome men of her fantasies, an accent that made him even more appealing. Unlike the man she had just met, Maggie was very aware that she was a hopeless romantic.

(Continues...)



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BLRocque More than 1 year ago
Author M.C.V. Egan has crafted an unusual book. Though labeled fiction, the story is heavily based on facts and research, and it is structured with fiction and nonfiction attributes. Because of this innovative approach, I was curious to read THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS. Prior to writing my first book (which also originated from my family’s history), I had to make a similar decision about how to tell a story that also had some mystery attached to it. 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.
ChristophFischer More than 1 year ago
"The Bridge of Deaths" by M.C.V. Egan was recommended to me by several of my reviewer friends who just earned themselves more credibility. This well written and compelling story is based on a true event, the crash of a British Airways Plane at a Danish bridge in 1939.  A couple in Britain and a woman in Florida are trying to reconstruct the events and the lives of the people who were killed through various channels of research; some of it factual, some psychic.  It is fascinating how the story unfolds, like a regular detective story, but the use of transgression to past lives and the use of information derived from psychics adds a special touch to it. Whether you - like myself - are open to the concept of transgression or not, the result is the same: a carefully composed and thrilling read that combines historical facts with suspense and entertainment.   
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
This book is not for everyone. This novel is geared for an audience that enjoys reading about war, specifically WW1 or WW2. I am not really part of that audience. So why did I choose to read this novel? Well, I had a different description of the book that added some emphasis on reincarnation, psychic experiences and regressions, and I am certainly fascinated by THAT! But this book was not really centered on a lot of the paranormal, supernatural, psychic juiciness I was looking for. Yes, it was there in the beginning, but was a very faint part of the plot. Unfortunately the part that would have kept me glued to the story was weak, and my attention span was limited. I found myself yawning and struggling to keep my eyes open and read just another chapter, and another... I admit to reading a few other novels while this one was sitting on my kindle waiting for me to pick it up again. There is no denying that the author did a great job of weaving a fictional story surrounding this era in our past, revolving around a lot of factual documents. And it floored me to think of the amount of time - years and years - of research in order to achieve this piece of literature. It is admirable. Truly admirable. I can't conceive the amount of time that went into this book. And that earned my respect, and why I did stubbornly insist on continuing this novel, even though I became pretty bored of all these same details less than half way through the book. This is a true exploration of a lot of information in relation to that era, and events in our history. The characters were well developed, and their relationship was endearing. Their relationship to the events recounted in the book was really well woven and it was believable. The molding of fiction and non-fiction was definitely unique and quite brilliant. I would definitely recommend this book to those history fanatics out there, who love to read about this era in our history. It will be a treasure trove of information for those readers.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author to give an honest review. I gave this book 4 stars, because I honestly would get confused by the writing style and I would have to go back and re-read a page or a paragraph since I would get lost. The book was a great read though, and I stepped out of my comfort zone of what I normally read. I am not big on reading anything to do with history but was glad to be able to read something that had happened and I never knew about. This book is based on a true story and it was great to see the author took her time and put a lot of dedication into researching the death of her grandfather and his story was told in this book. The Bridge of Deaths seem to teeter on history and paranormal elements and at other times non-fiction. But if you truly enjoy reading about history especially from the World War 2 era and have a story be told then I think this would be the perfect book for you. Give it a try.
Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
In 2010, Maggie and Bill meet in a bookstore in London. As their relationship grows, Bill shares that he is having vivid dreams about being in a plane when it crashes into the sea. Maggie suggests going to see a hypnotist who could help him with past life regressions. Meanwhile, in Florida, Catalina is trying to find out what really happened to her grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo, who died in a plane accident near the Storstrom bridge in Denmark on 15 August 1939. The Bridge of Deaths is an interesting and original read. M.C.V. Egan chose to mix reality and fiction to tell the story. Cesar Agustin Castillo was her grandfather, and even though she never knew him, she had always been intrigued by the circumstances of his death. The author chose to tell the story as a fiction because, on top of the conventional research she conducted, she consulted psychics and hypnotists, and she knew that some readers would find these methods too unconventional and untrustworthy. As a result, Bill is based on a real person and Catalina on the author, but Maggie is a fictional character. While the story sheds some light on what was happening right before World War II in Europe, the author repeats herself a lot. Sometimes, the narrative is dry, especially when Maggie and Catalina share their research. In addition, I found that there sometimes were too many details not important to the story. Other times, M.C.V. Egan seems to be withholding information, when for example she does not explain what the Munich Pact is (some readers might not be familiar with it). However, I did enjoy the book as a whole as it was an intriguing and unusual historical fiction. The Bridge of Deaths was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On August 15, 1939, a small British airliner took off from London, stopped in Hamburg, and was bound for Copenhagen. In addition to the pilot, there was an odd, if not mysterious, group of passengers on board:  a German corporate lawyer, an English Member of Parliament, two employees of Standard Oil of New Jersey, and an additional crewmember whose employer, much less his duties, remains a mystery to this day.The flight never reached its destination. Instead something went terribly wrong enroute, when a fire raged out of control in the cabin and the aircraft crashed into cold Danish waters near a bridge that connects the Danish cities of Vordingborg and Falster/Nykobing.  Only the pilot survived.   Seventeen days later, Hitler invaded Poland and World War II began. The demise of British Airways Ltd. Lockheed Electra 10A, serial number G-AESY, raised a variety of disturbing questions for accident investigators e.g.,  were the passengers listed on the manifest really who they said they were?  Were they travelling as a group, perhaps for a meeting, clandestine or otherwise, or was their meeting accidental?  How did the cabin fire start?  Was it accidental or an act of sabotage? If the latter, by whom and for what purpose? Given that a British aircraft built in the U.S. crashed in Denmark under circumstances inviting the attention of civil aviation, law enforcement, and military authorities; it is not surprising that the investigators, all working under the cloud of war and government secrecy, made little progress toward finding the answers to these questions.  But one person continues to ask them even to this day: M.C.V a.k.a. “Catalina” Egan, author of “The Bridge of Deaths.” Why such an unrelenting pursuit of the truth?  Quite simply, it was a family thing. You see, one of the Standard Oil passengers, Cesar Agustin Castillo, was her Grandfather. It took the author nearly twenty years of research, before fashioning a plausible theory about what happened aboard G-AESY.  “The Bridge of Deaths” is her story; a story so rich in well written descriptions and anecdotes plus pictures; that mental images of the many interesting people she encountered along the way literally fly into the minds of the readers. “The Bridge of Deaths” is not a work of fiction; nor is it a historical novel, autobiography, or a research paper on steroids. If not, then in which category does it fit?   The answer is all the above!  By managing to adroitly tell her story through the eyes of three principle characters: the author, a man who is very real but she has never met, and a fictional character, a bright sassy fictional young woman who adds spice to the story line; and by adding a handful of reputable psychics plus experts in hypnotic regression and other paranormal activities to the story line, she managed to write a fascinating, eminently readable book that avoids being stored  in one of the above-mentioned dusty, literary pigeon holes. Quite a feat! Please note my comment above: “before fashioning a plausible theory about what happened aboard G-AESY.” The final truth is almost within Catalina Egan’s grasp, but she is not quite there.  This is good news for her readers because she told me that next year, reams of classified information concerning its accident is due to be released by the various and if so, more than likely the whole truth will finally be known.  She also promised that when that happens, she will write a sequel to “The Bridge of Deaths”.  
KKScaramuzzo More than 1 year ago
This is the story of one moment in time that could have caused an entirely different world history had it been effective. I must admit, I am not much historical spy novels, but MCV Egan caught me at the get go. This book grabs you at the beginning and will not let you go until you have finished reading it. Even after it is all said and done, you find yourself still wondering about some of the questions raised by the book. Even though the meeting on the plane did not accomplish the moment in time it was intended to, it still changed many lives. Ms. Egan's meticulous research into the incident that killed her grandfather brought the incident to life for many people. It has raised many questions for the people involved and the people who helped her research it. The actual factual research spans many continents and generations. It is well researched and specifically documented. No stone was left unturned in the investigation of this crash. Even the less than recognized methods of research fit seamlessly into the flow of this book. The actual story cannot be absolutely proven due to lack of evidence, but the story is told by the addition of a fictional character. This is a novel approach to a sticky situation. It is a way to get all the information collected into the book. The imagination and dedication that went into this book is self evident on every page. The book is published in the fiction genre, but leaves the reader with the impression that the book is historically correct. It is a unique way to answer what happened on that fateful day of the plane crash at the bridge of deaths. Like I said before, the book leaves you still thinking about it, long after you have finished reading it. I did not pay much attention to the cover, other than it looked nice before I read the book. Afterwards, just looking at the bridge gives me chills. It reminds me that something went on there that is still haunting many people to this day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say that I would have given “The Bridge of Deaths” more stars, had the standard allowed me to go beyond five. So I had to accept the limitations, and have rated it FIVE STARS. “The Bridge of Deaths” is a poignant account of a true story that took place at the brink of World War II, when an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. M.C.V. Egan’s novel is an impressive testimony of her quest to discover the true circumstances behind her grandfather's death. The story skillfully blends fiction with non-fiction, and displays an amazing, painstaking historical research that by no means clutters the novel, nor does it make it harder to read. To the contrary, it makes it fascinating, keeping the reader glued to the pages, all the more because it is beautifully blended in perfect balance with elements of romance, mystery, psychology and parapsychology. A good book is one that makes us worry that it will end too soon. I had already started to think so when I was half way through “The Bridge of Death”. This is a novel that I’d love to read over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
With the Second World War a mere two weeks away, the crash of an airplane in Danish waters near a bridge called Storstromsbroen, did not get the attention it would have had today or in times of peace. While Bill is looking for psychological answers to his recurring nightmares, he meets Maggie who is very familiar with the bridge in his dreams. She urges him to look for these answers through past life regression therapy. They join forces with Catalina whose grandfather also died in the same accident that haunts Bill's dreams. As I genuinely enjoy books with realistic and mostly true accounts of past lives, parapsychology and the findings of psychics, this book had me interested from the very beginning. Apart from the gripping accounts of past life regression therapy, I was fascinated by the findings of the psychics who handled/touched the items which Catalina could give them, which belonged to victims of the crash. Add to this the very interesting and extremely well researched historical facts and you have a book that will grab and hold your attention up to the last page. Were they spies or just innocent people travelling from one place to another? Were they politicians in disguise on a clandestine mission? The detailed research into the lives of each of the five passengers on the plane serves to increase the suspense until I could hardly wait to see the solution to the mystery, and the developing romantic relationship between Bill and Maggie added a sweet and gentle touch to the story. A fascinating combination of history, mystery, romance, psychology and parapsychology, I truly admire Ms. Egan for the amount of research she put into this book. For anybody who cares to read up more on the Second World War and the time just before then, the author has all her research resources neatly listed. I highly recommend this book for anybody who has a keen interest in the history of World War 2, parapsychology and the slightly unusual. You’ll find all you could hope for in this book, as well as a good mystery. “The Bridge of Deaths” will appeal to a great variety of readers. (Ellen Fritz)
clarinetto14 More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars I received this free through Basically Book's ARR for a honest review. So I was up in the air about whether to give this book three or four stars for a few reasons. The beginning of the book was slow paced until about a third of the way in... it continued to be rather slow (but tolerable) until the middle where it really picked up and became much more interesting. Plus I found it very hard to follow along with all the different people involved with the investigation. At some parts I became confused and had to look back to see who each person was. About half way through the book the author starts emailing Maggie biographies of the men involved in the investigation of the plane and the men killed in the crash itself. After she did this all my confusion was cleared up, but I think if she included shorten versions of this in the beginning I would have had an easier time understanding who was who. On the plus side I found her "unconventional methods" very interesting and Maggie's character was great for the story. I also commend the author for writing something so near and dear to her heart. I myself have been wanting to write about my own grandfather's adventures as a child in WWI/WWII era Italy so I understand how special this is. The fact that the author spent so much time and effort (it show especially with the very long bibliography in the back and all the footnotes) really raised the book in my eyes. Overall I thought the book was very interesting but would probably only appeal to people who enjoy learning about new time periods.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book for the historical content and the conspiracy theory. There was a lot of historical background, somewhat overwhelming at times. Occasionally the historical content overwhelmed the pleasure of the story. Indeed at times it reminded me the excessive information in Moby Dick. The basic story was excellent, but I got lost in the detail to the loss of the story. I do think that much of the information could have been left out or presented differently and the story would have been improved. I give this story 3 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
MALoesch More than 1 year ago
****I received this book as part of IO Book Tours from the author in exchange for an honest review***** I like history. I don't want to marry it or anything, but I enjoy it and feel that yes, we do in fact learn from it. I like tales based on fact, too, and when I read the synopsis for The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan, I was excited. Past life regressions, a brutal plane crash, soul mates---oh yeah, baby. This sounded great. But….well….the execution didn't come like I thought it would. Here's the synopsis: 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. As you read the book, the author lets you know that this is a personal story for her and that she spent a great deal of time researching the events of August 15, 1939. It shows, too. The novel is full of factual information that pieces together a fictional story about Bill and Maggie. Bill is having dreams about the crash and we find out this because of past life regression. In an effort to help Bill, Maggie's job is to research history and see if they can make sense of anything. There's a third character, Catalina, who has spent years researching the plane crash because her grandfather was killed in it. I think this is a great idea for a book. The past life regression especially grabbed me, reminding me of the movie Dead Again. The relationship between Bill and Maggie as soul mates is strong and I liked their "chance" meeting in the book store. For me though, this book wavered a little about what genre it wanted to be. At times, I felt like it was historical fiction with paranormal elements, and at others, it wanted to be a non-fiction written like a fictional book. While I liked the idea, the research details slowed the story line down, making it difficult for me to stay with the book. If you are some that enjoys reading historical documents, particularly from the World War II era, then this will provide some intriguing reading.
CScarlett More than 1 year ago
‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ is a combination of historical facts and fiction. It takes you on a journey with the author. It’s the story of Egan looking into a plane crash that claimed the life of her grandfather and four others. She always thought the plane crash and circumstances surrounding it did not add up. She believed there was foul play. She retells her all of her thoughts on this in very detailed accounts of all the files upon files she has collected up over the years, with all the research she has done. She also added in a nice bit of fiction with the characters Bill and Maggie. Bill’s character is a very interesting twist to this story and Maggie is a nice companion to Egan’s character in the story. Being someone she can tell her theories to and share all her information she has collected with. Overall I really enjoyed this book. The tale of the plane crash and of her grandfather’s life was intriguing. Even though this is not my typical read I did get really into the storyline. You could tell Egan put a lot of hard work and heart into this book and it shows. I have nothing but admiration for Egan, I think she did a wonderful job with this novel and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
TheLuckyLadybug More than 1 year ago
If you are a history buff you will like this book. It is a little bit of history, a little bit of fiction, and a story wrapped around it. The Bridge of Deaths is a historical romance, but not in the traditional sense. The two main characters find each other during a past life regression session — only to discover they’ve come full circle and were also together in a past life. Souls that truly belong together throughout eternity. They attempt to unpiece the puzzle and tragedy of their past life. Together they search for answers that aren’t always easy to find. It’s a suspenseful mystery that will delight World War II fans. The book is full of illustrations and citations that support the author’s theories.
JSE1971 More than 1 year ago
[Although we share the same surname, the reviewer is in no way related to the author of this book.] The Bridge of Deaths is something of a literary centaur - neither a novel nor a work of historical scholarship. It begins with the mystery of why a plane crashed in Denmark in 1939; and then proceeds to work towards a resolution to this mystery, via summaries of historical documents researched by the author; the past-life regressions of a Canadian living in London; and the speculations of an entirely fictional third voice - Maggie. The first 'act' introduces the story, and certainly sets up the incentive to read on and share the discoveries to be made regarding the mystery. The summaries of the historical documents take up much of the middle third of the book. The final part focuses on the past-life regressions, and brings the story to a somewhat hazy conclusion.
b00kr3vi3ws More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, I have to say that I am amazed at the amount of research that has gone into this book. From researching plane crash, visiting museums/archives, reincarnation, to the past life regression, to psychics, to simple internet research… she has done it all. When I received the book, I obviously checked the official website “The Bridge of Deaths” and browsed through to get an idea about the plot. The name itself is quite appealing, but the fact that the author had been researching the book for over 18 years really grabbed my attention. So, I took my time in reading the book, going back to the website for the references and images. All that hard work deserves special acknowledgement. The book in itself is a magical world that brings fact and fiction together. The author narrates the whole story sometimes in her own words and sometimes through the lead characters – Bill & Maggie. It is about a journey full of discoveries. As we follow the characters in the book, we find them discovering truths/facts about the plane crash, discovering about the people involved in it and discovering about more about themselves! The twists in the plot, the truths uncovered were startling and often left me dazed. I loved the way the characters of Bill & Maggie were built through the story – they are so different from each other, yet they were brought together by ‘fate’?! Both struggling to find out more about their past lives find solace in each other. Their relationship evolves along with their different characters right in front of us. And though these characters are a work of fiction, they are very much alive in all of us. Ms.Egan’s has done a great job in portraying them. The Highlight of this book is the way the author has maintained a balance between fact and fiction. Writing just facts or pure fiction would have been way easier. But the way the author has mashed up both with perfect balance to create this novel is simply awesome. And Hey, Facts are Stranger than Fiction! Overall, the author’s smooth flow of story-telling, the main plot, the twists in the tale and the romance between the two main characters will keep you involved with the story. Looking for romance, you got it! Looking for suspense & intrigue, you got it! Looking for Paranormal, you got it! Looking for historic influences, you got it. In short – this book has something for everyone. I am glad to have had a chance to read this book even though I am not a big fan of World War Era stories. It is an incredible read and I would like to recommend it to everyone. Give it a chance even if you feel that this is not your ‘cup of tea’. A quote from the end of the book that I liked the best & would like to share: “I think people in general are good people, and I am sure that in the world there are many more substantially good people than there are bad people. I also think that the younger people with global communication and so much more travel are less intolerant. I believe that my generation and the ones that follow are capable—world wide—of being more peaceful. Look how the entire world wants to help and is helping Haiti! We are capable of being a peaceful planet. I have to believe that.”
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!