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The Diary of an Immortal - Mind Bending New Book from Modern Renaissance Man David J Castello Takes Readers on a Wild Ride

The first time I met David J Castello I thought, "now this is a different kind of cat!" It was in October 2006 onboard a party boat cruising Florida's Intracoastal Waterway one evening during a social event at that year's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference in Hollywood. I had first bumped into David's equally engaging brother Michael and after we got to know each other Michael  pointed to a table where one guy appeared to be holding court with everyone else listening intently to what he had to say. Michael said, "that's my brother David, you should meet him too." 

So, I walked over to the table thinking this guy must really know domains to keep these veteran investors so enthralled. But when I got within earshot I was stunned to hear David giving an engrossing account of key moments in World War II history! I had to look around to make sure I hadn't gotten on the wrong boat - this isn't the kind of thing you normally hear domain people talking about at a domain conference!

Author David J Castello

I was certainly intrigued and after introducing myself learned that David was a man of many passions including World War II history, cigars, music and literature to name just a few. His mother later told me she always thought he would grow up to be a college professor and he certainly could have been a good one. Now, years later, almost all of our readers know David's story well including he and Michael's success in our business with Castello Cities Internet Network as well as David's return to the music industry as manager and drummer with fast rising rock trio BREE who is just back from their latest UK tour - the third there for the band this year, plus a publicity trek David made with the trio's namesake, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and David's wife, Bree Castello

Once they got back home to Nashville David decided it was time to put a bow on a project he has been quietly working on for years - a mind-bending novel called The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) that was just released today. You can get a copy at Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle download. If you want to get the paperback and have it autographed by David I will give you an address to do that at the end of this article.

The book tells the story of 21-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. When Ronson begins consuming the formula himself a series of amazing things happen as his story unfolds.

David told me, "Iíve been working on it for 20 years and knew it was ready. It first came to me in a dream

that was so bizarre I immediately wrote it down. Over the years, I kept returning to it every time I would have another dream and I felt like I was being taken on a cosmic journey. I began to get very emotionally attached to the characters in my book.  Sometimes my dreams were not kind to them, but I went with it. The genre is magical realism such as Steven Kingís The Green Mile or F Scott Fitzgeraldís The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. If a reader is a fan of that style there is a good chance they will enjoy The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959)."

"The front cover of my book is the 17th century monastic medical school atop Chakpori Hill in 1900. The back cover is what it looks like today. The Chinese destroyed it during the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. The real reason they were so intent on destroying such a benign structure with artillery is covered in my book. I doubt Iíll ever get a Chinese visa again after this comes out!" David laughed.

While this is David's first book writing is nothing new for him. "I wrote my first newspaper article when I was nine and was going to major in journalism at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and I visited the campus. However, Michael and I had a band together and we decided to relocate from our hometown in Boynton Beach, Florida to New York City. Between BREE, CCIN (Castello Cities Internet Network) and The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) Iíve got my hands full and I put up a quick site at  www.DavidCastello.com that has links to all three." 

Now, as I promised, if you want to get a print copy of the book at Amazon and have it personalized, just send your copy to this address and

BREE performing at Manchester Academy at the end of their latest UK tour. Bree on lead guitar, Mayrk McNeely on standup bass and David J Castello on drums. 

David will sign it and have it shipped back to you (now if we could just get him to include that immortality formula!):

David J Castello
c/o Werewolf Publishing
533 Church Street, Suite 356
Nashville, TN 37219

I just got a copy today and am looking forward to diving into it! 

(Posted December 1, 2016)  

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