Spotlight on The Bridge of Deaths by M C V Egan

The Story

On August 15th, 1939 an English passenger plane from British Airways crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing/Falster and Vordingborg.  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.

There were five casualties in the crash :

  • Cesar Agustin Castillo, a Mexican national and bio-chemical engineer educated in both Germany and the USA,  he is  working for Standard Oil of New Jersey’s London branch.
  • Samuel James Simonton, an American,  also employed by Standard Oil of New Jersey’s London office with a very strong military background, graduate of West Point.
  • Erich Bruno Wilhelm Beuss, a German national and corporate lawyer who is travelling with his medals earned in the Frist World War.
  • Anthony Crommelin Crossley, English MP who is known and outspoken in his antipathy to Hitler and the Munich Pact. He is also the sole defender of the Arab cause in the matter of Palestine in the 1930s.
  • Alfred Stanley Mardsin Leigh, employee of British Airways LTD.

The sole survivor was the pilot, Clifford Frederick Cecil Wright.

In the winter of 2009-2010 a young executive, Bill, is promoted and transferred to London for a major International firm. He has struggled for the better part of his life with nightmares and phobias, which only seem to worsen in London. As he  seeks the help of a therapist, he accepts that his issues may well be related to a ‘past-life trauma’. Maggie, his love interest, helps him in his quest and realizes that she too is part of the events in the past as much as she is in 2009-2010. Maggie and Bill find that, through their love and the courage to submit to past life regressions, they begin to find more questions than answers.  They become very curious about events leading up to the Second World War.

Using archives and the information superhighway of the 21st century, Bill and Maggie travel through knowledge and time to uncover the story of the 1939 plane crash. Their quest includes a friendship forged through Skype with a middle-aged woman in Florida obsessed with the truth about her grandfather’s death. This woman has been working for nearly two decades to unfold the mystery that left her family scarred  and wondering.  Her meticulous search and actual copies of documents in the book help the reader understand that we are indeed dealing with true events.

All historical data is clearly documented and footnoted as many of the files used by the author were rather obscure and not found in any history books. All data from psychics and past life regressions are also very clearly documented.

The Bridge of Deaths is a unique combination of love story and historical mystery. It is based on true events and real people, but uses fictional characters who travel through the world of past life regressions and information from psychics to solve the mystery. It is the culmination of an incredible 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States. The reader also feels that he or she is sifting through data and forming his or her own conclusions. The journey that takes the reader to well-known and obscure events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America, also transports readers to the possibility of finding themselves in this lifetime by exploring past lives.


The author

M C V Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Egan, the author of The Bridge of Deaths. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, one of eight children. She spent her childhood in Mexico. From a very young age she became obsessed with the story of how her maternal Grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo, died.

When she was 12, she moved with her family to the United States. She was already fluent in Southern English as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There, the only one who had English as a second language in her class, she won the English award.

In the DC suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill HS 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 lived for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish and Finnish businesspeople. She returned to the USA where she has been living ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Catalina has worked for various companies and holds an insurance license for the State of Florida. Not her favorite field but involves very nice folks and makes money! She is married and has one son, who, together with their five pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a fulltime mother.  Although she would not call herself an astrologer, she has taken many classes and even taught  some astrology. This is one of her many past times when she is not writing or researching.

She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd 2011 and gave herself the gift of self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths. She never submitted it to anyone prior to this decision and has enjoyed the very positive feedback.


My opinion

Despite the massive amount of research that the author did before writing this book, it does not become a heavy, overly meticulous historical account of the mysterious events of the fateful day when her grandfather died in the plane crash. Instead, through using the fictional characters and their journey into past lives and psychical realms, it is a fascinating work of fiction-cum-creative-non-fiction – historical-paranormal-romantic-mystery. It is an innovative book that almost defies classification. The historical element is fascinating and the characters are persuasive. Most unusual and enjoyable.


Where to buy the book


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