This book is the “OnlineBookClub.org February Book of the Month”.
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.
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 realising that aging and death no longer control his life, travels to Manhattan to realise 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.
My Say : The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) by David Castello is a perfect read up for the historical fiction lovers. This book is intriguing historical fiction. I usually don’t read such books but what captured my interest was the idea of immortality. What would a person do if they had a chance to live forever? Would they jump at the chance to take anything to make you live forever? After reading the title many thoughts came in my mind.
I loved the way Author combined all elements like the differences in culture, belief between buddhist and western cultures and how these elements adopted by the characters of this book. It made the book much richer and more engaging to see things from such vastly different perspectives while still maintaining a positive balance. 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 to the story. The idea of immortality is handled very well and the storyline is fascinating.
I think readers who love stories regarding history with a pinch of supernatural are going to love this story. I would like to give 4 out of 5 stars to this book.
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