The Methuselah Project, by Rick Barry

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

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 Take:

This has been a year of new to me authors. I’d not come across Rick Barry before, but the premise of The Methuselah Project sounded so interesting – with Nazis and science fiction elements – that I had to pick it up and give it a shot. The action starts on the first page when the reader meets Roger in the middle of a dogfight over enemy territory during World War II. His plane is hit and he prepares to crash land. We’re then taken to 2014 Georgia, USA, and introduced to Katherine and her uncle, members of something called The Heritage Organization (HO). I’m not big on military scenes and Katherine appears to submit to her uncle in everything, including personal relationships, but these chapters serve to set up the tale which unfolds. After these introductions, the chapters go back and forth in time until the two main characters meet. We get to see what Roger’s captivity is like, how he forms a bond with one of his captors, and also learn the origins of Katherine’s mysterious group. We’re shown why Katherine is motivated to advance within the HO. She’s a naïve woman, blinded by love and duty to the parents she barely remembers. When Roger lands in her life it changes everything she thought she knew.

This is an easy book to read. There’s nothing too complex or detailed in it. The narrative moves fast, leaving the reader little time to feel emotion over what’s happening. Roger reminded me of other out of time characters I’d come across, such as Crane from the current TV show Sleepy Hollow. His ability to heal was reminiscent of both Highlander’s MacLeod and The X-Men’s Wolverine. Much is made of his reading the Bible during his captivity. Over time, he comes to believe much of it including creation and he does pray, but there’s nothing explicit about him being a Christian. Nor did I come across anywhere where he reconciled his life, the evil in it, and God’s creation. I was left with a couple of questions at the end – mainly about the HO – and it does seem as though it should be the first book in a new series. Still, as a supernatural thriller, I found it enjoyable enough to recommend.

Thank you to Kregel Publications for my complimentary copy of The Methuselah Project, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read The Methuselah Project? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Publication Date: 27 September 2015

Page Count: 320

Read more on:   Rick Barry’s Website   Kregel’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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