Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Methuselah Project By Rick Barry

I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

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 Thoughts: 

The Methuselah Project is the first book by Rick Barry I have read and all I can say is AWESOME! This book takes place in two different times in history until they collide into the present. Parts of the book take place starting with WW2 and other parts take place in the present and eventually the past catches up with the present and they come together and it is explosive.  Captain Roger Greene was born to fly. From the time he can remember it is all he ever wanted to do, so when he could, he joined the US Eighth Army Air Force and flew planes for the WW2 efforts to defeat Hitler.  One of his missions he is shot down. Captain Greene survived and was taken prisoner by German soldiers. Instead of going to a POW camp, Captain Greene wakes up in a cell somewhere with six other service men in separate cells. Captain Greene and the other men in this project are referred to by their number 1-7, Capt. Greene is number seven, the last person captured for this project.  Soon it is explained that these men have been chosen for medical experimentation of a serum of sorts that is like a Fountain of Youth. The project extents the subjects life span, their bodies do not age, and their bodies can heal from sickness or injury in no time flat. All seven men were inoculated with Methuselah but Captain Greene is the only one of the seven that survived. After the war ended the Methuselah Project continued being funded by private people and referred to "The Organization"  Capt. Greene is held captive in from December 1943 until his escape in March 2015. Simultaneously Katherine Mueller lives in Atlanta with her Uncle Karl. Karl took her in when both of her parents died when she was very young. Katherine comes from a long line of German descendants who are part of this organization called Heritage Organization or HO as those inside call it.  Captain Greene and Katherine's paths crossed and now they are in a mess together. As Roger tries to stay alive, Katherine is doing what she can to help him even though his story sounds outrageous.

The Methuselah Project is really a fantastic read. From the first page until the last this book grabbed a hold of me and kept me on the edge of my seat. I had a VERY hard time putting this book down.  As a fan of Christian Historical Fiction I was excited to learn more. Rick Barry writes with authority about World War Two history, science and technology past and current, flying/being a pilot, and the Armed Forces. Rick Barry writes with such detail that I honestly felt like I was there, a part of the action. The characters in this book are amazing. I really enjoyed the characters, good and bad guys. Sometimes it was hard to tell which were which.  I love books like this! The idea of the Methuselah Project really started me thinking about the sciences out there and what people can do with it, good or bad.  The Methuselah Project is a work of fiction but wow, to think it could be real, really gets you thinking. I found myself experience a range of emotions as I read this book from laughing out loud to crying. This book has a little bit of everything: mystery, intrigue, murder, romance, and action. So I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Rick Barry! I give this book 5+ STARS.

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