The Bridge of Deaths is based on a 1939 Plane crash in pre WWII Denmark. It is a blend of Historical fact and fiction with a touch of the metaphysical and a little romance. The book is from the perspective of a modern day couple in London, UK -Bill and Maggie-as they find a conceivable version of five deaths that 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. As they researching the plane crash to uncover the secrets of their past lives. Historical data is carefully footnoted for the reader.
M.C.V. Egan, the author of The Bridge of Deaths, used her lifelong obsession to solve the mystery of her maternal grandfather's death in faraway Denmark as inspiration for the book.
Her grandfather who died on August 15th, 1939 in a passenger airplane with a small group of men; all of whom left an interesting trail of doubt as to who they really were. This was two weeks before Hitler invaded Poland and the world plunged into WWII.
Egan gives us a peek into her creative process:
“The Bridge of Deaths is based on the events surrounding a 1939 Plane crash in Denmark. My grandfather Cesar Agustin Castillo was the first body removed from the crash. The book explores through fictional characters the events surrounding the crash and how the men involved; both those who died and others may not have really been who they seemed.”
The era is a character:
“In an era rife with intrigue the Bridge of Deaths takes the reader through some very well-known and some likely to be unknown incidents in a pre-World War II world.”
The hardest part about writing this book:
“The hardest part about writing this book was the roadblocks in gathering information. Some people are so afraid to rattle the proverbial skeletons in their family history's closet.”
“The research for The Bridge of deaths ranged from the traditional; Archives, Newspaper microfilms, interviews and history books to the most unusual world of Psychics; by use of psychometry and past life regressions.”
“I learned so much while I researched the book and as simple as the Lockheed Electra 10A airplane is, compared to the complex flying machines of today, I learned so much about airplanes.”
“The Bridge of Deaths can appeal to a wide range of readers about 17 years old and older. It is the culmination of almost 20 years of research and perseverance. The title The Bridge of Deaths is well explained in the book itself and it would almost be a spoiler.”
What makes The Bridge of Deaths unique is that it is a real documented (over 200 footnotes) historical account wrapped in an entertaining fictional narrative that makes it more accessible for a reader that would be otherwise reluctant to tackle data.
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*The author's husband took the photograph of the bridge on the cover.
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