The Methuselah Project: A Novel  -     By: Rick Barry
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443873
ISBN-13: 9780825443879

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  1. Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Novel!
    August 8, 2016
    2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry is an outstanding novel. It is set in WWII Germany and present day America. The story introduces us to Captain Roger Greene, a WWII fighter pilot that is shot down in a ferocious battle with the Nazis. He is captured and forced to be the test subject of a Nazi experiment called The Methuselah Project. The sole goal of the project is to investigate the possibility of indefinitely extending human life and creating the ability to quickly heal the body from injury. When Roger escapes from his prison cell in 2015, he becomes a fugitive from The Heritage Organization, a group that wants to silence him at any cost to keep their project a secret. Filled with suspense, historical facts, a little bit of romance and faith in God, this book keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. I give it a 5 star rating and highly recommend it. I received this book from the author and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Methusaleh Project
    June 20, 2016
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Methusaleh Project by Rick Barry is a fast-paced, intriguing tale set during WWII, focusing on American fighter pilot, Roger Greene, who is shot down over Nazi Germany in 1943. He was captured and forced to be a scientific guinea pig in one of Germanys experiments to prolong human life. He becomes a prisoner for seventy years and remains as youthful as the day of his capture.

    Pretty Katherine Mueller is as much a victim of Nazi Germanys practices, though in 2014, not the 1940s. Her parents tragic death in an explosion in a laboratory leads to her life with her uncle, a member of the Heritage Organization and a wealthy jeweler. He has tried to mold her into what he desires for her and indoctrinates her into the HO. She has trained in defense and has started surveillance training. She has never doubted her uncles devotion to her and to her well-being.

    Katherine and Rogers lives converge in a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase. This story is a suspenseful page-turner that keeps the reader captivated. The plot is very thought-provoking, causing the reader to reflect upon the possibility of this happening in the past or in the future.

    I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the authors other works. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest opinion.

  3. Age: 18-24
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fast-paced adventure
    March 12, 2016
    Mercy
    Age: 18-24
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved reading this book - I had to pry it out of my hands so that I could do other things during my day. The action started right on the first page and continued right through until the end. A pilot in the Second World War, Roger Greene, was shot down over Germany and kept captive for over seventy years; but the catch is he has not visibly aged a single day. Meanwhile, in our present time, Katherine Mueller is being trained to become a part of a secret society by the uncle who raised her. Thrown together, Katherine and Roger must find a way to survive.

    The characters all had interesting personalities. I particularly enjoyed Rogers sense of humor. I thought that the plot was very unique, fast-paced, and exciting. It was part historical fiction and part contemporary. The story smoothly flips back and forth between Katherines perspective in our time, and Rogers perspective from when he was shot down up to the present day. I would definitely recommend this book and I doubt youll be able to put it down after you first pick it up! I would love to read a sequel!

    I received this book as a review copy from The Book Club Network.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Could this have really happened?
    January 19, 2016
    pautoyoung
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow! This book makes you think! I know The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry is a historical fiction novel, but the book is so well written that the readers mind questions, Could this have really happened? Captain Roger Greene, an American, is one of the best fighter pilots in World War II flying for the Canadians. In 1943, while in an air fight against the enemy over Germany, he saves his friend, Walt, from enemy fire, only to be hit himself, run out of fuel, and plummet into enemy territory. Captain Greene survives the crash only to be captured by German soldiers and taken to a Nazi civilian who asks personal questions about his health and heritage. To Rogers surprise, instead of being taken to a prisoner of war camp, he finds himself in a building that looks like a mixture between a hospital and laboratory. He is placed in a cell where there are six other prisoners. The number of candidates for the Methuselah Project is now complete!! One day, the prisoners find that a pink gas is coming into the cells overtaking their bodies and causing them to pass out. After waking up, Captain Greene discovers that all the prisoners have gone through some type of surgery by the German scientist, to alter their genetic makeup to see if their bodies can live for a thousand years thus Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible. Are you kidding?? They are lab rats!! Afterwards, all the other comrades except for Captain Greene, along with the scientist, are killed in an air raid. Not only does Roger survive, but his body regenerates and heals super quickly. I highly recommend for you to read this book to discover the adventurers Captain Greene encounters. . I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    absorbingintriguingthought-provoking
    January 17, 2016
    Cindy J
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The ever-present question of What if? abounds in The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry. Captain Roger Greene of the U.S. Army Air Corps flies what proves to be his last combat mission on December 17, 1943. Roger loves flying and outmaneuvering the enemy, but on this particular day, he runs out of ammunition during a fight that leaves his P-47 Thunderbolt crippled with two enemy Me 109s still on his tail. He crashes somewhere in Germany with snow on the ground and nowhere to hide from the enemy soldiers who soon appear. Roger is captured and taken to a facility where he joins six other detainees in an experiment involving human cell regeneration with the goal of restoring the span of human life to that of Methuselah who lived 969 years. Roger spends the next seventy years under lock and key, being studied and analyzed, yet he doesnt age.

    Katherine Mueller lives in the present time. She lives with her only living relative, Uncle Kurt Mueller, who has raised her since her parents died in a fire so long ago she cant really remember them. She works as a free-lance writer so she can pick and choose her assignments and work hours, although she doesnt yet have enough clients to be totally self-supporting. She wishes to please Uncle Kurt so she is trying to be gracious about his interference in her love life, which is non-existent since he is so picky about who she dates. She also trains to become part of the organization Uncle Kurt is involved in, an organization her parents belonged to and which she has heard of from Uncle Kurt all her life.

    The Methuselah Project was absorbing. The book was well written, well thought out, and detailed without being overwhelming. The plot was intriguing. Could there be a fountain of youth such as has been pursued throughout history? Following Roger in his 70 years of captivity created thought-provoking questions such as What would I do if my living space was confined to a small cell? How would I pass the time? How would I survive mentally? How would I respond to my captors and wardens if they were the only people I ever saw? I really enjoyed watching the timelines of Roger and Katherine merge, seeing the span of time between them narrow as Rogers time in confinement neared an end, wondering how and when they would meet. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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