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The Bridge of Deaths Paperback – June 14, 2011
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An unusual yet much recommended read,
Windy City TimesThis is a fictional account of a true story--the crash of a plane, Denmark, 1939 killed five, including author's grandfather and member of the British Parliament, Anthony Crossley. Egan believes the crash was not an accident, her 18 years of research make for a compelling story "TBOD is far more fact that fiction,"
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.
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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
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. Subsequently, the bridge went on to earn the nickname "bridge of deaths" because it was a key navigation check point for allied aircraft on their way to bomb Germany and also a favorite deployment site for German antiaircraft guns.
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, mostly in times when such research was not practical or available on the internet, and multiple visits to Denmark, London, and other locations relative to the book; 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 actually 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 governments involved 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". I can't wait to read it, but readers should read this book now, so you will be prepared for the sequel. Well done Senora Egan. Very well done indeed!
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M.C.V. Egan’s book, The Bridge of Deaths, centers on a delicate balance between historical facts and psychic retelling.Read more
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