Monday, October 5, 2015

The Methusaleh Project by Rick Barry

Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended. 

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.

My review:
  This book sounded totally different from the usual Christian fiction on the market, but it also sounded intriguing. I was intrigued enough to request it for review, and I was not disappointed.

  The idea of the book is far-fetched. I don't believe there will ever be found a way to make people stay young and alive forever, but it still made for an interesting read. This is fiction, after all. I liked the book a lot. The author came up with a great plot, a very likable main character, and enough drama and suspense to keep my attention.

  One thing that I felt could have been done differently and better: The story bounced back and forth between the present with the female main character, and the past with the male main character. The timeline for him progressed much faster, as he had to be brought from World War 11 to the present, while she had to only be brought forward a few years. I think the story would have flowed better if it wasn't going back and forth between his past and her present so much, but that is my personal view and feelings.

 In spite of that, I found the book a great read and didn't want to put it down. The author did a great job of describing a person's emotions and feelings if they were suddenly thrust into the modern day after being hidden from everything for several decades.

About the author:

Rick Barry is the author of The Methuselah Project, Gunner's Run, Kiriath's Quest, plus over 200 published 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 near Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit him at, or on Twitter (@WriterRickBarry).

The Methusaleh Project is available from Kregel Publishing.

Thanks to Kregel for the review copy.