Book: Bridge of Deaths
Author: M. C. V. Egan
Publisher: Author House (June 2011)
Book Source: Provided by Author
Category: Historical Fiction
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.
Tom Clancy would have spun a tale of spy vs. spy, arms dealers, intercontinental assassins and Nazi infiltrators. John Grisham could have produced a novel rife with Big Oil, political intrigue, corporate posturing, dirty dealings, and sabotage. Dan Brown would have lead the reader down a maze of cold, hard facts and totalitarianism vs. deep conviction and heroic sacrifice, all against a backdrop of spiritual intensity and intricate relationships with consequences on a global scale spanning more than seven decades.
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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.
She writes the bibliography right into the narrative. Contrived emails and Skype conversations between the author and her one created character consist of reporting to one another what the narrator has already discussed, the results of their investigations. The fabricated girlfriend and the real Canadian businessman living in London sit around in bed discussing what they have discovered while enjoying postcoital cigarettes and bottles of white wine.
Ms. 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.
|Amelia Earhart & her Lockhead Electra,|
the same model as the ill-fated G-AESY
Ms. 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: This 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.