My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This novel is hard to categorize. Not exactly SciFi, regardless of the title and the basic premise. The author proposes that there are many people, throughout the world, who live their lives over and over. These extraordinary people belong to a “Cronus Club”, members seek each other out, provide houses of sanctuary, and help five-year-old’s get away from their parents, so that the 700 year old inside the child’s body doesn’t have to repeat the boredom and tedium of elementary school.
Harry August is always born early in the 20th Century, growing up in time to be the right age to fight in World War II. Harry, and others like him, are careful not to make any big changes in the world around them, but he is free to change his personal life each time. Fight in the war, or not? Marry or stay single. Marry this one or that one? Become a lawyer, doctor, teacher, spy. . .whatever he wants to do, knowing he can have the other choice in his next life, or the life after that.
In Harry’s eleventh life he becomes aware that someone in the Cronus Club is deliberately trying to influence the flow of world events and as a result, the world may end for everyone. He sets out to find this person and stop the dangerous meddling.
So is it a mystery? A literary novel? Or excellent Science Fiction? Whatever, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a Good Read and rates a big 5 Stars from me.