Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed―until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.
When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success―but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America―just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015―and the world has become an unrecognizable place.
Katherine Mueller ― crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle ― offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?
Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Rick Barry is the author of Gunner’s Run, another World War II novel, Kiriath’s Quest, and over 200 articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a World War II buff, he is the director of church planting ministries at BIEM, a Christian ministry operating in Eastern Europe. He holds a degree in foreign languages, speaks Russian, and has visited Europe more than fifty times. Rick and his wife Pam live in Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit him at facebook.com/AuthorRickBarry, or on Twitter (@WriterRickBarry).
The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry starts off with a great premise — what could happen if an American pilot is captured by Germans during WWII and experimented on by their mad scientists, and the end of the war does not signal the end of their experiment? The result of Barry’s what if is a novel that includes suspense, history and romance. It is a very light and quick read with an ending to please romantics.
Barry’s premise is intriguing. Could a shadowy, international group really pull off clandestine experiments without the world finding out? And could their quest for a New Order survive modern detection? For those who love conspiracies, The Methuselah Project fits the bill. And for those who like romance and history, the book includes those elements. However, it fell a bit flat for me. A great framework was there, it just didn’t seem fleshed out enough. I wanted to know more about the Heritage Organization. I also felt the characters were a bit 2-dimensional. There is a message of the power of prayer in the book and that is good. About 2/3 of the way through the action heats up and that did keep me turning the pages.
Well, as you can see, I found The Methuselah Project to just be an ok read. I didn’t hate it, but I closed the covers thinking it could have been better. I am definitely in the minority with my opinion — it has great reviews on Goodreads. So be sure to check out what others are saying there.
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(Thanks to LitFuse and Kregel for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)