Monday, October 5, 2015

FlyBoy Meets The Methuselah Project

I recently received a historical/sci-fi novel to read for review. The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry. I love historical novels, and those set in World War II have been of particular interest in times past.

I'll give you my thoughts below the snippet from the publisher about the book:

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.

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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.

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My thoughts:

I am new to Rick Barry's work, but will be interested in picking up more of his books. The Methuselah Project is very readable, and the characters are quite believable.

I have visited Dachau, and been horrified by the unspeakable experiments that were performed on prisoners in the name of science. It's not too difficult to imagine the premise of this novel~ An insane genius, searching for the fountain of youth, using undocumented prisoners (MIA) as lab rats, at an undisclosed location.

The first chapter is set in 1943, before Roger's last flight over Germany, with the next chapter introducing us to Katherine Meuller in July, 2014. The story continues to move between the two times, covering decades in Roger's life, but only months of Katherine's life, until their timelines collide in March, 2015. The twining of the past and the present is well done, and presented a story that held my interest until the very end. To some degree, I was aware of who the final antagonist near the time of that character's introduction, but how the story would play out was unclear, which made it a very gripping read. I enjoyed seeing the two main characters discover the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, as they careen between deception and truth themselves.

I enjoyed The Methuselah Project, and think that many fans of action/adventure/sci-fi/history may find this book worth their time. You can read what others thought of The Methuselah Tour at the following blog tour link.


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