The Diary of an Immortal by David J. Castello description:
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.
The book description I originally read didn’t mention “the interstellar origins of Jesus”, and so I was a little upset by that discovery. If someone messing with the truth of your religion bothers you, then I wouldn’t recommend this book. It was especially frustrating considering it had no purpose within the plot, when everything else is tied together so perfectly. However, before then it was a good book that I did enjoy, and after it was a challenge for me, but I decided I did want to see it through to the end for this review. Beyond that, I liked Castello’s approach to immortality, with it being basically a virus always at war with your mortal views on life and emotion. Changing how the person approaches everything around them now that life has no constraints on them. Plus, the way he used actual events in history, and built upon the cult following of the book The Coming Race during WWII by groups of Nazis, was truly fascinating. Not only are you entertained, but you learn a lot of about history, got to give Castello credit for that. Steven was also a very interesting character, and the way he viewed the world and the reason behind his choosing to be immortal and attempting to live that life all felt so real. More so, because he’s not the only immortal out there, and learning the truth about the pills, and seeing how it has affected others, was just so captivating. I loved the world, and the people, and his style of writing was very thorough so that you get the full view, but don’t feel like you’re bogged down in too much description or facts. Altogether, it was worth the read, even if I can’t get above my raising and hate the screwing with my beliefs bit.