The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959)
by David J. Castello
Review by Barry Boy
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
In The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) we meet Steven Ronson in the opening pages, when he is a U.S. army combat medic just outside Munich in 1945. He is twenty-one years of age, the war is still raging, and he is still losing friends to the ravages of war. He has already seen enough bloodshed, suffering, misery and death for one lifetime, but then he enters Dachau with the first liberation solders.
After securing the release of the inmates and taking the Germans prisoners, the men he is with set about plundering the Nazis’ quarters. Ronson is sickened by what he has seen that he takes no part in this, but the men hand him a beautiful case as a souvenir so that he is not left out, or is equally guilty of looting.
The contents of the case, presumed by the men to be medical equipment, change Ronson’s life – quite literally – because they include examples of the elixir of eternal life and documentary evidence of where the formula came from.
Taking the pills leads Ronson to unexpected adventures both at home and abroad, especially in China and Tibet, where he meets remarkable and takes part in historic events.
The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) is a gripping story from start to finish. It consists of a wonderful blend of (seemingly, but I don’t know) historical facts and lifestyle philosophy that I find extremely appealing, and the exciting story is told with panache. The contents are well edited, and the cover is suitable for the story.
By any standards, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959), is a great read. The best book that I have read for years
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