Review of The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

Leah Courtney
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The Methuselah Project is a book with a blend of historical fiction, sci-fi, and romance. It was one I thoroughly enjoyed.

From the book's description:

Review of The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

In World War II, German scientists began 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.

The story begins during World War 2, a time period I particularly enjoy with historical fiction. The story goes back and forth between the historical time period and modern times so that readers have the opportunity to get to know both of the main characters- one from 1943 and one from 2015. Sometimes this back and forth leaves me feeling as if the characters aren't fully developed, but in this case, I felt that the author did a good job helping readers get to know both.

The events in the book are sometimes a little unbelievable- the creation of a man who will live indefinitely? But the story is presented in a way that swept me up and made the events seem possible. There were a few times that I felt like events were too far out there, too extreme. But, for the most part, the story line was not too far fetched to really enjoy.

The book is Christian fiction but isn't preachy. Roger doesn't really believe in God at all when he is captured, but he comes to have a relationship with God as he gets to know more about Him throughout his captivity. Katherine has been raised to have no belief in God as a member of the Heritage Organization. While Roger's growing faith is mentioned, there isn't much direct mention of Christianity and faith.

With it's good blend of several of my favorite genres- historical fiction, sci-fi, and romance, I can definitely recommend this one. I give The Methuselah Project 4 strong stars and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on the Kregel website here or on Amazon here.

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