The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

Book description:

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.

My review:

I’ve been a fan of WWII fiction for a long time, so I was really excited to read this book.  It didn’t disappoint!  Most of the action takes place in modern times, but the sinister beliefs of the Nazis permeate throughout the book and the struggle against good and evil in woven from cover to cover.

The characters of Roger and Katherine grabbed me straightaway and I couldn’t wait to find out what happens to them.  The plot is well-crafted and pulls readers in.  The beginning is a little slow-paced, but once things start coming together, it really takes off!  Books where the perspective shifts from one character to another are not my personal favorite type of fiction, but the literary elements were so strong that I was able to hang in there until the storylines converged.

I would never characterize myself as a fan of suspense books, but I really enjoyed this one.  My heart was pounding and I wasn’t quite sure how it would all end.  I found myself racing through the book, just to find out what would happen.  You can’t help but root for Roger and Katharine to survive!

There was plenty of humor to be found in the book as well.  It was interesting to read about Roger experiencing present day life with eyes from the 40’s.  Barry did an amazing job keeping Roger’s experiences authentic to his mindset.

This is one of the best fiction books I’ve read in a long time.  It has a little something for everyone, whether you are a fan of historical fiction, suspense, or even romance.  I only hope that we can see more of Roger and Katherine in a future book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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