WARS DO NOT START IN A DAY & a gift card #giveaway!

I’ll be the first to admit that most of what I know about WWII I’ve learned from movies and TV. Before you get the wrong idea, let me explain myself. I am an educated person. I always did well in school and paid attention to all my lessons, but that doesn’t mean it all stuck with me throughout the years. Aside from reading the Diary of Anne Frank in high school, I don’t really remember much of those history lessons. I know I was taught the basics of the war, from an obvious allied point of view, because I have a basic knowledge of the matter firmly planted in my brain, but what about all the details.

When it comes to details that’s where film and TV come into play. WWII seems to be a subject that just never grows old. There have been so many fictional and non-fictional accounts of this time in history that it is hard not to be influenced by it all. Not a huge fan of historical fiction, I’ve always relied on these audio-visual media to fulfill my informative and entertainment needs whenever I’ve wanted to delve into the past and tales of WWII, but then I was introduced to an author named M.C.V. Egan.

This author has written a compelling mystery novel that epitomizes the conspiracy and deviousness of the whole WWII issue. Her book, The Bridge of Deaths, actually tells a little known story of a real-life plane crash that occurred just days before the war broke out. Since this month marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of that war and in keeping with this month-long celebration of awareness, I’m sharing my thoughts on this book and its author. I was asked to share little known facts about history, but that’s not really my area of expertise, but if you know some, I’d love to hear them.

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Book Title: The Bridge of Deaths

Author Name: M.C.V. Egan

Reading Level: Adult

Genre: Historical Fiction, Metaphysical Mystery

Content Rating: PG-13

Available Formats: hardcover, paperback, ebook

Number of Pages: 372

Purchase Links: AuthorHouse.com | Amazon.com | Barnesandnoble.com

See the title article of this post here: WARS DO NOT START IN A DAY; A historical journey through roots of WW II

See my review of this book here: Review: The Bridge of Deaths

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Meet the author:

M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida. She is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the ‘mystery’ of her grandfather’s death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. The story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of psychics. The Bridge of Deaths | 4covert2overt |
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Review: The Mongoliad: Book One

The Mongoliad: Book One (Foreworld #1)
by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo , E.D. deBirmingham,
Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo

I give this book a 4.

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This is an epic tale in the tradition of something like the Song of Roland, but I think this is more much accessible to modern readers. This tale covers a short period of the Mongol rule in which various knights of Christendom are charged with the task of saving what little territories are left, but instead they decided to just take out the Khan. The main character of this story is oddly enough not a Christian or a knight. She is a scout  of mixed nationality who goes along for the ride to help in any way she can, hoping she doesn’t die, and soon begins to empathize with the cause of her comrades.

I like this book for the many stories it tells. There are so many details and lives that cross in this book. It’s a true pleasure to read great stories like these. Cnan and the knights have a great adventure tale shared between them, but each of this group has a story worth learning, even though they don’t all get told in this book. Even though they are united to save Christendom, most these knights aren’t Christians, they just want to take down the Mongols.  There are a few however who remind you of such characters as the Knights of the Round Table.

Then there is Gansukh (a hunter/warrior sent to look after the Khan), and Lian (an obedient and wise slave looking for an escape), and the slave fighters of the Mongols whose names aren’t important right now. There are so many characters and interesting stories to be told in the book that it does sometimes get confusing, but if you stick with it, it all comes together.

I love the way the hunting and tracking scenes are described, and the fight scenes aren’t bad either. My main reason for not giving this book a 5 is the fact that it doesn’t really end. I mean the pages stop, but there is no type of conclusion drawn. I find this a bit irritating. I get that books in a series never really end until the series ends, but I at least expect some type of indication that this part of the series is now complete.

I will never be on board with this idea that a series is an excuse to just stop in the middle of a story so the next book can be printed. I probably would have given this book a 5 if the goal of it had been for the characters to reach the Shield Sisters. The next book could start with what happens after that, but no- this book just stopped.

This is a great historical fiction epic that I think would appeal to readers of fantasy looking to try something different. If you can read the Game of Throne books, you can read this.

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Review: The Trustee in the Toolroom

 

The Trustee in the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

I give this book a 4 (and a half, if I did halves).

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I really enjoyed this story when it wasn’t making me angry (more on this later), but then I just have anger issues to begin with. This is a really simple and sweet clever story about a man who’s willing to go to great lengths to keep his word- and what’s not to like about that.

The story of Keith Stewart describes the rare instance of a man finding true peace and contentment in his life, career, and relationships. For Keith, the whole world revolves around his workshop and the work he does there writing for a magazine, but he’s no hermit. The one thing he finds that’s more important to him than his work is his word and his love for his family. When Keith finds himself the new guardian of his young niece and the trustee to her would be inheritance, he makes it his life’s purpose to secure a fine future for his new charge, despite not having the means to do so (here’s where I get angry).

As wonderful and miraculous as this story is, Keith’s adventure never would have taken place if someone living comfortably above his station had simply acknowledge and compensated him for what he was truly worth…that’s all I’ll say about that.

The story is told with almost manual precision, but the author’s style and flare with words keeps you pulled into the story. It’s not a fast pace action packed chronicle of a great adventure, but it is indeed a great adventure. Keith literally goes on a journey around the world trying to retrieve a modern-day treasure. He ends up traveling by bus, train, plane, boat, ship, and even helicopter while encountering a great number of interesting characters along the way. To help Keith along on his journey is his forever honest and cheery disposition, his masterful mind, and his unexpected fame.  This is a different kind of underdog story where there is no real favorite, just one man with a purpose fighting against a plethora of obstacles. The reader has no choice but to root for Keith all the way home.

This was a wonderful book to listen to, perfect for my drive home. There is a lot of technical engineer talk that may or may not be interesting to readers (or listeners), but I don’t feel it took away from the overall story. Though I can’t imagine a child or teenager having the temperament for this kind of book, I’d recommend it to anyone else.

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Review: The Bridge of Deaths

The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan

I give this book a 4.

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Maggie and Bill meet by, what would normally seem like, chance. Little do they both know that they are tied to the past in a very unique way. Their connection to the past is not just the past of this book, but the past of WWII. This book tells their story and that of a, still unsolved, plane crash from the summer of 1939.

Let me start off by stating that historical fiction is not my favorite genre, but it’s growing on me. Next let me state that I don’t know if this book truly fits into the category of Historical fiction. This is one of those books that’s simply difficult to categorize. It’s also listed in some places as metaphysical or paranormal fiction, which is also misleading.

Yes there are historical elements to it and it is fiction, but I almost wish there had been more fiction than history to it… but now I’m probably confusing you.

Let’s back up a little and break this book down.

1. Metaphysical/paranormal categorization comes from the presence of and use of psychic readings, practices, and theories along with the presence and experiences of past life regressions. It is through the use of this literary tool that the modern story is tied to the past (the true historical past).

2. Historical fiction categorization for this book seems a little lacking. Aside from the fact that there is a fictional narrative to acompany the action, this is more of a case study or historical investigation. There is so much fact to this story (the footnotes alone are a work of art) that I had trouble reconciling the fiction and the non-fiction.

That’s why I stated earlier that I wish there had been more fiction. I prefer fiction over non-fiction, but in any case, this is a fascinating story about true events. I just wish there had been more narrative.

3. I’m not used to reading this kind of story. I suppose that for those who read crime thrillers or detective stories, this might be an easy read. I was shocked to find myself breaking down and analyzing evidence like a member of a CSI team. In some ways it was thrilling, in others not so much.

4. I wish there had been more time spent on the relationship of Bill and Maggie, and I don’t even care much for romances. I guess the reason I feel this way is because I became attached to them and their story. I guess I just felt like their life together was always going to be overshadowed by these strange events of the past.

I know it may sound like I don’t like this story, but let me assure you that I do. I guess because I like it so much I’m compelled to over analyze it. I’ve never read a story quite like this before and don’t know if I will again. It’s so unique that I’m still trying to process it all now, months after reading it. This book is definitely worth reading.

This book was given to me as a gift from the author.

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M.C.V. Egan Hosts The Peace In Time Book Blitz

Can Peace Be Conceived? by Toi Thomas
 

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”― Napoleon Hill

This sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well let’s look at the meaning of the key words in this statement.

Conceive: to form a notion or idea of; imagine.

Believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.

Achieve: to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish.

While I’m sure Napoleon Hill had all the best intentions when he wrote this, there are so many ways in which a statement like this can be used to cause great destruction, but more on that later.  For now, let’s look a look at the meaning of some other words.

Perceive: identify by means of the senses, to recognize, discern, envision, or understand.

Concede: to grant as a right or privilege; yield.

It’s evident through history that people are quite capable of achieving many great and, unfortunately, devastating things. I often wonder how the likes of someone like Hitler could have perceived his course of action as the only way to get what he wanted. Perhaps, as is often the case with us mere humans, it is easier to fight and take what you want than it is to concede and work hard for it in some other way.

So, I guess the challenge I’m currently faced with is, “Is world peace even a viable option?” To work this out in my head, I look again the meaning of this word “peace”.

Peace: a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations.

It seems to me that peace is such an all-consuming powerful state of being to strive for that one would first need to experience harmony in order to achieve it. So, let’s look at the meaning of “harmony”.

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Harmony: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.

Now I feel like I’m getting somewhere. What if World Peace isn’t exactly what we should be striving for? What if peace is too hard? What if what we’re really looking for is World Harmony? I know this isn’t a new concept because I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something to this effect before on Facebook or Google, but now that I’ve taken the time to work it out in my head, it does make sense.

True peace would require more than the average person is willing to give or, maybe, should even have to give. True peace would require everyone to get alone and love each other. While I personally would love for that to happen, I think it’s more plausible to live in a world where people live in peaceful harmony with others like them and not like them.

Harmony is a pleasing arrangement of parts and world harmony could be a socially aware acceptance of others that allows people to have differences without raging war. If only people could agree to disagree and not try to infringe on the rights of others. If only we could perceive individuals unlike ourselves without disdain and concede to their right to live whether we like them or not. I think it’s possible to live in a world where two people who aren’t friends don’t have to be enemies.

So for me, I’m striving for world harmony, but I’m still calling it World Peace because I like the sound of it. Maybe in another generation far beyond mine, true peace can be achieved.

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M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida. She is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the ‘mystery’ of her grandfather’s death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. The story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of psychics.

 

Genre: Historical Paranormal
Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2011 Amazon

On August 15th, 1939 an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. Crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing/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.

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’.

Through love, curiosity, archives and the information superhighway of the 21st century Bill travels through knowledge and time to uncover the story of the 1939 plane crash.

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” is based on true events and real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

The journey takes the reader to well-known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.

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