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Blog Tour: The Bridge of Deaths by M.G.V. Egan + Review

Title: The Bridge of Deaths 
Author: M.G.V. Egan
Genres: Historical fiction, mystery
Format: Ebook
Source: Author
Rating:
3.5

Synopsis

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.

My review is at the bottom of this post in case you are looking for it!


The Bridge of Deaths is, above all, a book based on history. Because the events of the book took place just a mere two weeks before the start of World War II, this year marks the 75th anniversary of both the crash of the G-AESY (the central event in The Bridge of Deaths) and the start of WWII. M.C.V. Egan has chosen to commemorate both of these events with a 75th anniversary remembrance—a part of which are a series of historical retrospectives recounting the events that led to the start of WWII, as well as a discussion of how these events were often linked to the real-life characters of the book.

 

 

HISTORICAL RETROSPECTIVE: September 17, 1939: Soviets invade Poland.

Hitler’s troops were already wreaking havoc in Poland, having invaded on the first of the month. The Polish army began retreating and regrouping east, near Lvov, in eastern Galicia, attempting to escape relentless German land and air offensives. But Polish troops had jumped from the frying pan into the fire—as Soviet troops began occupying eastern Poland. The Ribbentrop-Molotov Non-aggression Pact, signed in August, had eliminated any hope Poland had of a Russian ally in a war against Germany. Little did Poles know that a secret clause of that pact, the details of which would not become public until 1990, gave the U.S.S.R. the right to mark off for itself a chunk of Poland’s eastern region. The “reason” given was that Russia had to come to the aid of its “blood brothers,” the Ukrainians and Byelorussians, who were trapped in territory that had been illegally annexed by Poland. Now Poland was squeezed from West and East—trapped between two behemoths. Its forces overwhelmed by the mechanized modern German army, Poland had nothing left with which to fight the Soviets.

As Soviet troops broke into Poland, they unexpectedly met up with German troops who had fought their way that far east in a little more than two weeks. The Germans receded when confronted by the Soviets, handing over their Polish prisoners of war. Thousands of Polish troops were taken into captivity; some Poles simply surrendered to the Soviets to avoid being captured by the Germans.” (Source)

As the Cold War would later prove—inasmuch as Germany was brutal to the Poles, the Russians were certainly no angels.

A link to The Bridge of Deaths: As the war raged on, the investigation into the crash of the G-AESY continued. There were many questions surrounding the maintenance logs for the motors of the plane; crucial questions, as one motor was never recovered. In its own microcosm the investigation in The Bridge of Deaths is an example of how much was hidden and questionable in that era. Although the investigation is taking place in today’s world, where with the click of a button you can quickly acquire what governments and powerful entities may prefer not be disclosed, the characters in the book maintain awareness that it was indeed 1939 when the events took place.


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.

Get the revised 75th anniversary of The Bridge of Deaths on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

~I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review~

review

I was really excited for this book! This was offered to me by the author on Book Blogs and I was really interested in the concept so I couldn’t even think to say no,not that I was planing to!

The concept of this book is so interesting! I am a huge history junkie so I was really looking forward to it. I haven’t actually heard of this event before so I was really interested in the whole idea as a concept.

This book is classified as a mystery romance and I really like that the mystery is the focus of the book. The romance of this book isn’t the main focus of the book and that is a really interesting and refreshing way to tell a a story. The focus was on the mystery and I really like reading about a established relationship for a change.

Bill  and Maggie was a really interesting couple and I really enjoyed the relationship they had together. Catalina’s POV was harder to read because there was large information dumps and I had to wrap my head around all of the information that was given to us. I did like the fact that so much information was given though I like to try to figure out the mystery with the characters and I had the opportunity to do so in with this one.

The pacing was interesting. It started of rather slow with all of the information that we were given and was hard to get threw the first 3rd of the book. The 2nd third of the book was slow but I had grown familiar with the style and was able to read it faster than the beginning. The final part picked up speed and was a lot more interesting.

There were a lot of people and names dropped into the story and I had a hard time keeping up with who everyone was and what they had already been involved with. It became more clear the further I got in the book however.

Catalina’s “unconventional methods” was really interesting. I love that the characters are roughly based on people she knows in real life. I also am really excited that the premise of this book was to write about her grandfather. I think everyone wants to share their families history and share the people they love with the world. You can see how much effort and love she had for the topic based on the really long bibliography and footnotes. The epilogue really made me think and I really love that it made me think.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and it was interesting. However, I would only recommend this to people who really like history and learning about time periods and historical events

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4 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Bridge of Deaths by M.G.V. Egan + Review

    1. the loads of information was tough to get through at parts. Since the book is based on real events and Catalina’s real journey of discovering the events around her grandfather’s death I get that she wanted to put so much information in but it was hard to chew at times! Nonfiction readers would probable like this at least I hope they would.

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