Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Reader's Opinion: The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V Egan

About the Book:  
(in part from Goodreads and Amazon)

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.

Follow Bill and Maggie in London 2010 as they explore the events of August 15th 1939.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve "One of those mysteries that never get solved" is based on true events and real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. The journey takes the reader to well-known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.

A Reader's Opinion: 
This story is not what I thought it would be, but that could be a good thing. My original impression, before reading the book, was that it would be an unfolding mystery drawing the reader into historical events and past lives. Two out of three isn't bad. The foundation of the story is an interesting one, made more so by fact and fiction woven together. The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching the plane crash and I found the past life elements a unique way to help bring the story to life. It was difficult as a reader to connect with either Bill or Maggie and so I had no vested interest in their personal outcomes. I was was more curious as to what happened with the plane crash. The use of so many book references and cigarette references was distracting, but in the second half of the book there was more dialogue, so I felt the story flowed better towards the end.

The book had an overall non-fiction feel to it and a narrative style that took a little work to get through. I didn't find the book to be much of a mystery, but it was an interesting journey to follow the author's research into the plane crash and the deaths of those on board. Even though it wasn't my usual read, I believe those who enjoy learning something new about World War II would find this book a worthwhile read. 

I admire the author's dedication to the events and the research it would have taken to uncover this bit of history.

Genre: Historical/Paranormal/Romance/Mystery
Format: Paperback & E-book
Release Date: June 9, 2011
Book Source: Provided by author in exchange for a review (See FTC Disclosure Page)

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