Monday, October 5, 2015

The Methuselah Project - by Rick Barry

About the book: The Methuselah Project (Kregel, September 2015)

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 was a fascinating and unique story that kept my attention the whole way through!  I loved the plot, which reminded me of the Captain America story in some ways and why I asked for the book.  I love reading about World War II and this had a unique take on the genre.  The story line went back and forth from what was happening with Roger through the years to Katherine in 2015 working her way up the organization with the help and encouragement of her uncle.  It actually took quite a while for them to meet and I would have liked to have seen them together sooner.  There's quite a bit of exciting action and a little bit of romance.  There were a few discussions about faith and it was interesting to see Roger's journey from someone who didn't think about God much to becoming a believer who depended on God and the Bible to get him through his captivity.  He was such a great character, from his chivalry and respect for morals to his humor and overall good attitude even though he was a prisoner.  I also really liked Katherine, her spunk and courage.  There were a couple of uses of a British swear word, which could have been left out. There were also a couple things I thought seemed unrealistic for the organization to have not done during his captivity and manhunt.  Overall, this was an entertaining story I think both men and women would enjoy.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:
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 lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Connect with Rick online:
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