Here’s an interesting non-fiction book. Like the last book I reviewed on this site, it’s aimed principally at the American market but is an extremely interesting read for people in other parts of the world. Every country seems to have had its financial crises lately, so finding out how this author proposes we can cope with such national financial mismanagement is enlightening.

The author is Nicholas L Maze. Born in Flint, Michigan, Nicholas got a  degree in Business Administration at Baker College with a focus in Accounting and Marketing. Since he had a knack for advertising and excelled in maths, it looked like Nicholas would pursue a career in business. Howeve, he had another gift.

A stint with a security organisaion in the summer of 1999 led to a rebirth of his passion for writing. As a child, he had written many stories. During  composition courses at college, Nicholas realized that his gift was still intact and was praised by colleagues and instructors. Soon he was writing more and more. He started by writing poetry and composing songs. It was at this same time that Nicholas began managing a small rap group, which allowed him to hone his writing skills even more. He wrote songs for his rap group and for himself.

In 2004, Nicholas began to write his first published work. To be successful, Nicholas made himself the reader. He put himself in the passenger seat and let his imagination go to work.

As Nicholas was completing his book, he rediscovered his religious faith and also got a second job. Two jobs and attending college full-time forced him to put his writing on hold until he’d obtained his first degree in Marketing. At last he was able to focus on his unfinished work and he completed his book in 2007. He was unable to place it with a publisher and placed his book on the shelf and returned to school. In 2009, a prophecy about his writing gift prompted him tobegin pushing his again. “I instantly thought of my finished work and began sending out query letters. Within two months, I received a publishing deal.” Now, Nicholas is fine-tuning himself for a long, successful career as an author – his first love.

Exit: How to Leave Debt Forever

What 12+ years of schooling never provided is located within this amazing literature. From basic instructions on saving to the reason for America’s current financial dilemma, we receive great advice in the world of finance. People across the globe are crying for relief that will never come. In Exit, we learn that financial strain is planned and orchestrated. The more America suffers financially, the more successful certain individuals become. How do we eliminate a problem that has been in place for almost 100 years? We first learn how to exit, escape.

Excerpt:

Introduction: Mental Restraint

As I was driving down the street one day, I became conscious of the world’s condition. Contrary to what you would think, it wasn’t the abandon houses I drove by; it wasn’t the cracked pavement, or homeless people that seem to be in unison. It was the children. God gave me the understanding that a child is nothing but an adult that is trapped.  In their minds, they live in an orchestrated fantasy world. Their world is orchestrated by other children that have aged over time and learned to be adults. The older children (adults) determine what the younger children wear, eat, and drink. And for the most part, a child is okay with the control. For most children, it is all they know. They live in a mental fantasy world, because their knowledge is limited. Limited knowledge brings forth the purpose of school. A school should strengthen a child’s mind, because one day that child will have control of other children and he/she should be mentally prepared and able to take on that task. This is what separates a child from an adult, knowledge. And, this is also what hinders are society…knowledge.

Knowledge is the key ingredient in this book. My main goal is to educate many and erase the “get rich quick” mentality. The term get rich quick was created for those that lacked knowledge, because they knew that without intelligence, an individual would fall for anything. Getting rich quick is a scheme. And, if I sell you a book that is nothing but a scheme, I have not only cheated you out your money, but I have also helped you go deeper in debt.

 

Where to find Nicholas:
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Where to buy Exit:

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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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Website

http://www.thebridgeofdeaths.com/