Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

Shot down over Nazi Germany in 1943, Roger Greene becomes both a prisoner and an unwilling guinea pig in a bizarre experiment. Seventy years later, Roger still appears as youthful as the day he crash-landed—and he’s still a prisoner. Nearly insane from his long captivity, Roger finds his only hope in an old Bible.
Not until our present time does Roger finally escape from the secret society running the Methuselah Project. When he does, the modern world has become a fast-paced, perplexing place. His only option is to accept the help of Katherine Mueller—crack shot, go-getter, and attractive to boot. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? And can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?

My Review:
History meets science fiction in Rick Barry’s The Methuselah Project, but the story is more than that. It combines page turning adventure and suspense with light romance.

Barry weaves his tale between WWII and the years following in Germany and present day United States. Roger Greene is a US pilot trapped in Nazi Germany—not a POW, but a healthy specimen and unwitting subject in a mad scientist’s anti-aging experiment. Katherine Mueller is trapped by the ideals of a mysterious organization she's been educated in her by her guardian and led to believe they were those of her dead parents. Roger and Katherine’s desires for freedom, though different, parallel one another in different times and places.

Roger, an orphan who grew up in Indiana, hasn’t thought much about God as an adult, but his imprisonment in post-war Germany give him lots of time to think and remember what he’d been taught as a child. Barry develops Roger’s faith well without being preachy. It grows as he seeks for a reason to hope and he looks to the Bible given him, along with many other books.

An interesting relationship develops between Roger and his captor, who keeps him in the dark about the changing world outside. The reader’s heart will break for Roger even as they cheer him on.

Katherine questions everything she’s been taught when she finds herself in the in the middle of a suspicious situation, regarding her uncle’s organization and a young man claiming to be very old. Times and cultures clash when Roger must face the new world he’s catapulted into by his long-awaited escape.

There’s not a dull moment inThe Methuselah Project, which is filled with interesting details of life in the 1940s and beyond. Barry does an excellent job of contrasting past and present, while weaving a story of intrigue and adventure. It leaves you wondering if something like this could have really happened. Well, could it? I highly recommend it.


Rick Barry said...

Thanks for this review, Kathleen! I've shared it to Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Blessings to you!

Kathleen Rouser said...

You're welcome, Rick! All the best to you with the continued success of your book!