My Review of The Bridge of Deaths
On August 15, 1939, a plane crashed into the water near a bridge in Denmark. Five men were killed; only the pilot survived. One of the men killed was Cesar Agustin Castillo, and it was his granddaughter, M.C.V. Egan, who decades later would begin a long journey into the past to discover exactly what happened aboard on that fateful day.
Her book, The Bridge of Deaths, is part fiction, part fact. She tells the story through three characters: Bill and Maggie, a young couple who meet in a London bookstore, and Catalina, a middle-aged woman in Florida who represents Ms. Egan herself. There is an instant connection between Bill and Maggie, although they aren’t sure why at first. He’s troubled by nightmares of being in cold, salty water, and of people he’s never met. Even though he’s been to a hypnotist, he feels like he isn’t getting any closer to the answers he’s looking for…until he meets Maggie. As their relationship begins, they realize there is more to their instant connection than either of them could have imagined.
Their search for answers to Bill’s nightmares leads them to Catalina, who is astounded by the shocking resemblance the young couple bears to people connected to her grandfather’s death. Catalina hopes that with the help of Bill and Maggie, she will be able to finally find the answers that she has been desperately seeking for so long. But will she really find the truth, or run into more brick walls? And will the answers Bill seeks threaten his new relationship with Maggie, and end it before it can truly begin, or will it prove that they truly belong together?
Ms. Egan effectively weaves her real mystery together with the fictional love story of Bill and Maggie. She has done exhaustive research on the plane crash, which happened just weeks before the start of WWII. I’m intrigued by what she has discovered, and it is hard not to discuss it with you, because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say that I am definitely hooked, and I want to know more about what really happened in the days leading up to the crash, and what happened afterwards. My instincts kept screaming cover up. As the saying goes, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…I hope there is a follow up to this story. If not, I hope Ms. Egan keeps her readers updated on her website about her progress. This has elements for the romantic, the mystery buff, and the history buff that will keep you reading until the end.
About The Bridge of Deaths
“M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions…it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self.” – Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot
5 out of 5 stars: “An unusual yet much recommended read.” – Midwest Book Review
On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.
With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
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.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.
Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.
About the Author
From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died.
She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.
In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.
The celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.