Today, I will be reviewing The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959) by David J. Castello.
About the Book
THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945–1959) is the story of twenty-one-year-old U.S. Army combat medic Steven Ronson, a man who escapes the constant inundation and threat of death in World War Two after he discovers an immortality formula designed for Adolf Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945.
Steven begins consuming the immortality formula and, after realizing that aging and death no longer control his life, travels to Manhattan to realize his childhood dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist on 52nd Street. The immortality formula gives him supernatural powers and fantastic musical abilities. His performance catches the attention of a disgraced British missionary and his adopted niece who knew the Buddhist monks in China that have guarded the original formula for thousands of years.
After a series of disturbing and prophetic visions, Steven accepts an invitation from the ex-missionary to journey to Xian. In a mountain monastery outside of the city, Steven discovers the incredible truth about the formula and the monks, and the interstellar origins of Jesus Christ and the human race. But time is running out−the German occultists who helped bring Hitler to power in the 1930s have selected another Aryan messiah, and this time he has the formula. Steven cannot allow the nightmare he experienced in Germany to happen again.
As far as conflicted main characters go, Steven has quickly become one of my favorites. He is struggling with the idea that prolonging one's life is a form of punishment, but he wants to live longer to prolong and regain his happiness after serving his country in WWII.
I loved the way in which the author delved into a difference in culture and belief between buddhist and western cultures, and the way in which this spilled out in the characters development and personality. It made the book much richer and more engaging to see things from such vastly different perspectives while still maintaining a positive and respectful balance.
I will rate this an easy 5-stars as one of the better books I've read in a long time and something I think a lot of people will enjoy. The idea of immortality is handled very well and the character is fascinating and engaging. Being locked into a backdrop of WWII and the time period in which it is portrayed feels like another character in the story and adds even more depth.
About the Author
David J Castello is the Editor-in-Chief and COO for the CCIN network where he has written hundreds of articles on a variety of topics for Nashville.com, Whisky.com, PalmSprings.com, Bullion.com, Traveler.com and more.
On December 7, 2016, The Daily Beast featured his story, The Man Who Tried To Stop Pearl Harbor, for the 75th anniversary of the attack.
The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959) is his debut novel.
Born in the Bronx, David J Castello currently resides in Nashville.