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The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan
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The date: August 15, 1939. The place: Storstrombroen in Denmark. The people: a pilot, a copilot, two oil-company executives, a German corporate lawyer and a British member of Parliament. A fiery crash, suspicious circumstances, conflicting reports, five deaths, and one survivor. A world on the brink of war. All true facts, all meticulously documented.

Add in Zionists, Palestinians, an arms race, the military industrial complex on three continents, psychics, nightmares, hypnotists, past life regression, a Peruvian shaman and espionage. Garnish with a famous bridge and landmark notorious for Nazis gun placements, a watery grave for scores of Allied aircraft and a popular suicide destination. Stir well and you have a really great action/suspense thriller. All the elements are there.

Unfortunately, in The Bridge of Deaths, M.C.V. EganM.C.V. Egan doesn't cash in. Lost and floundering in a sea of conflicting loyalties (conventional scholarly research vs. journeys of faith), she cannot decide which approach to take, dabbles with each and ultimately accomplishes none.

In an attempt to better understand her grandfather and explain the reasons for his death, she poured her heart and soul into this book. She sacrificed decades of her life and a significant amount of money to the effort. She retraced her grandfather's footsteps and researched as carefully as any historian working on their doctorate dissertation. However, her personal journey into the spiritual or supernatural arena left her doubting her own veracity (or at least growing fretful of what "true" historians would make of her work) and decided to make her research into fiction.

It doesn't work. Rather than focusing on the story and victims of the airplane crash in 1939, this book becomes the story of Ms. Egan in 2010, researching the crash and the gentleman she encounters in the process whom they both believe is the reincarnated pilot, the sole survivor. Working from opposite sides of the Atlantic, the pair pulled together all her research into the crash documentation, the guidance she received from psychics and the results of his hyponotherapy sessions with past life regression to come up with . . . . a sequence of events, at the very best.

M.C.V. EganM.C.V. Egan raises plenty of questions subsequent to her study of the documentation and crash investigation. Her research is so comprehensive, she seems to know each passenger and investigator intimately. She reports the facts of the anonymous gentleman's sessions and what he believes are the surviving pilot's experiences. But nothing coalesces. She doesn't truly commit to a theory, even fictitiously.

M.C.V. EganM.C.V. Egan's narrative voice is strong and well-educated. Her passion for her subject comes through on every page, as does her love for her grandfather, the strength of her faith, and her commitment to peace and humanity. One has to admire the blood, sweat, and tears she has devoted to this work and her courage in exposing to the world her belief system which most would call unorthodox, at best. I believe all of this invests her with the perfect right to write a non-fiction memoir without the thinly veiled attempts to fictionalize her experience. One would hope she will.

Bottom line: M.C.V. Egan is a fascinating story worthy of print. Ms. Egan's efforts are awe-inspiring. Lovers of history, particularly World War II history, will enjoy reading this book.
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June 11, 2012 – Shelved
June 12, 2012 – Started Reading
June 13, 2012 –
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June 16, 2012 – Shelved as: book-review
June 16, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
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June 16, 2012 – Finished Reading

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