The Methuselah Project: A Novel

The Methuselah Project: A Novel

by Rick Barry

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The Methuselah Project: A Novel by Rick Barry

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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ISBN-13: 9780825443879
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 09/27/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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 and his wife Pam live in Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit him at facebook.com/AuthorRickBarry, or on Twitter (@WriterRickBarry).

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The Methuselah Project

A Novel


By Rick Barry

Kregel Publications

Copyright © 2015 Rick Barry
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8254-4387-9


CHAPTER 1

Friday, December 17, 1943 The skies over the Third Reich


Sitting in his cockpit, Captain Roger Greene scanned the heavens. He searched left to right, overhead, below, and behind. No sign of enemy aircraft. Just formation after formation of B-17s droning along below, plus his own umbrella of Thunderbolts providing escort cover.

Come on, you cowards.Come and defend your precious Fatherland. I dare you.

He glanced into the sun, then jerked his eyes from the blinding glare. When searching for enemy planes, he preferred his naked eyes, but his eyesight would surely suffer if he kept doing that. He probed the pocket of his flight jacket for his green aviators. Instead of sunglasses, his gloved thumb and forefinger fished up a ten-dollar bill.

Ten bucks? How the ...

Then he noticed the message printed along the edge in blue ink: "To my good buddy, Roger Greene. On loan until I bag the next German fighter! Walt."

Roger laughed and glanced to his right, where Walt Crippen piloted his own Thunderbolt in the wingman position. Walt, too, was performing visual sweeps.

Good old Walt. He'd have to do some fancy flying if he hoped to score another kill before Roger. He found his sunglasses, then slid the ten-spot back into the pocket.

A movement below snagged his attention. The forward element of bombers altered direction, banking to the right. Behind them, the others followed the lead planes. The Initial Point already? So far, this mission was a milk run.

One after the other, he and Walt and the rest of the squadron banked their fighters to starboard, maintaining position over the four-engine bombers plodding below.

Roger pitied the poor slobs manning the B-17s. Yeah, somebody had to fly them, but ... With his gloved hand, he patted the instrument panel and spoke to his fighter. "You're more my style, baby. You take care of me, and I'll take good care of you."

Another peek into the sun. Nothing. How long could the blue yonder remain serene?

As if on cue, Colonel Chesley Peterson's voice crackled over the radio. "Say, boys, looks like the Huns have decided to come and play. Eleven o'clock level!"

Personal thoughts vanished. Roger cocked his head slightly left. Now he saw the same thing the group commander had spotted: black pinpoints approaching. Within seconds they became unmistakable — roughly fifty bandits.

Roger's pulse quickened. This was his element: fighter against fighter, pilot against pilot, his aviation skills pitted against the very best Nazi Germany could throw at him. Never did Roger feel more alive than in a cockpit. The risk of instant death only heightened the surge of adrenaline. At moments like this, he flew instinctively, as if the controls extended his own being. The thrill defied description. He'd given up trying to explain it to the British ground pounders in the pubs of North Essex.

Following Colonel Peterson's example, Roger banked to intercept the incoming horde head-on. The black specks he'd barely detected seconds ago rapidly swelled into distinct shapes with wings and red noses. FockeWulf 190s. Harder to shoot down than Messerschmitts, but they'd still go down.

Another fleeting glance to the right and slightly backward revealed Walt sticking where he should be, ready to keep enemies off Roger's tail.

His gloved finger flicked the guns' arming switch. He squinted toward the onrushing planes. "I was born to fly. Were you guys?"

Whenever possible, Roger liked to hit the enemy from the high ground, diving out of the sun and pouncing on the Germans before they knew what hit them. The "zoom and boom." But at nineteen thousand pounds, a fully loaded P-47 Thunderbolt would never win awards for climbing. A Thunderbolt's redeeming quality was that its massive weight and eight .50-caliber machine guns made it a highly destructive force, especially in a dive. No zoom and boom today, though. The Huns are swarming in from the same altitude.

Like medieval knights on horseback charging each other with lances lowered, American and Luftwaffe fighters closed the gap at a combined air speed near eight hundred miles per hour. Roger focused on the FW 190 directly before him. To its right was another that should give Walt a clean shot. With both sides roaring head-on, split-second timing became critical.

Wait ... Wait ... Now.

No sooner had Roger depressed the trigger than he saw flashes from the edge of his opponent's wings. In the same instant he heard a series of rapid wham-wham-whams.

"I'm hit!" he blurted into his oxygen mask.

To his right, a puff of oil and smoke erupted from an enemy plane. It slumped and careened earthward.

"Blast!" Walt had just won back his ten bucks.

The blue sky became empty as the antagonists flashed past. Some of his rounds had scored, but his target had charged on, evidently intact. His Thunderbolt still operated normally, so Roger banked tightly to the left. No time to lose if he wanted to protect those B-17s. That was the bottom line: to keep the Flying Fortresses intact so they could demolish German industry.

Roger locked onto an FW 190 beginning its dive toward the Flying Fortresses.

"No you don't, Adolf!" He rammed the stick forward and closed the gap. When the distance closed to eight hundred yards, he chopped the throttle to avoid overshooting. Seconds later, his tracers and .50-caliber rounds bored into the Focke-Wulf.

Roger matched move for move as the enemy plane broke away. Its pilot twisted sharply, first left, then right, trying to shake him. Roger expected the German's next maneuver. It was one of the enemy's favorites, but also the least effective — the Focke-Wulf nosed over and sped toward mother earth with all the speed it could muster.

Roger rammed his fighter into a dive. Nice try, but no cigar. No light Hun fighter could outdive the weighty Thunderbolt.

"Stick like glue to the target until you polish him off," the colonel had admonished more than once. "Many a Hun has been lost because he wasn't followed down."

I'm not losing this guy.

The enemy plane twisted every which way, desperate to stay clear of Roger's sights. But as Roger continued to trigger the guns, his rounds penetrated the target. Dark smoke billowed from the Focke-Wulf.

Roger yanked back on the stick. Using his momentum, he clawed for altitude while dodging shrapnel. Immediately remorse sickened his gut, as it did every time. Yes, he exulted in outflying another pilot. But the stark truth was that he'd just snuffed out a human being. That idiot Hitler ... If not for him, these guys could be his friends, off flying air shows together instead of trying to blow each other to smithereens.

A swift look confirmed that Walt stuck tight, keeping Roger's six o'clock position clear. As Roger and his partner reclaimed altitude, he saw that, far from leaving the battle behind, they were drawing nearer to the dogfight as Americans and Germans wove circles in efforts to gain the upper hand.

Jumping into the thick of it, Roger stitched rounds along a Focke-Wulf that raced past him.

In the distance he spotted a Messerschmitt 109 smoking and losing altitude, probably limping for home. Should he chase the injured enemy? It would add an easy seventeenth kill to his tally. But no. Forget him. Fight as a unit, not for glory. The injured plane posed no threat. He let it go. Other enemies still prowled for blood.

Roger spotted four more Me 109s ahead, almost cutting across his path, but slightly lower and not quite as fast, in a swept-back, line-abreast formation. Without looking down, he reached for the throttle, turbo, and prop levers in succession, yanking them all the way back to slow down. No good: he was still closing fast — way too fast.

He cut a sharp right turn, then swung around to come in behind the last Messerschmitt, the one in "tail-end Charlie" position.

He swore. Still closing too fast.

Maneuvering by instinct, Roger threw in several skids to avoid overshooting, then barrel-rolled and popped into position right on his target's tail. He narrowed the range to about 250 yards and centered the needle and ball of the bank indicator. The moment the pip of his sights aligned on the enemy, he squeezed off a long burst.

Chunks of Messerschmitt flew from the plane. The starboard wing separated, and the corpse of the aircraft crumpled earthward. The victim's three companions pulled for the sky, a maneuver Roger's heavy Thunderbolt couldn't duplicate.

He had just spared a foe's life. By sighting on the wing root instead of dead center on the cockpit, he'd given his opponent a chance to bail out. Had he been a fool? Would that pilot return to pepper him with lead someday?

"Hoosier, Hoosier!" Walt Crippen broke over the radio. "You just hit the hornets' nest. I got one on my tail. Two more on yours. Get out of here!"

Tracers flashed over Roger's left shoulder. Any enemy fighter could outbank a Thunderbolt from behind. He needed violent evasive action — now.

Roger slammed the stick into one corner and put the rudder in the other. The result proved so instantaneous, Roger's brain couldn't picture exactly what his plane had done, but for a few seconds at least, the tracers vanished.

Inexplicably Walt's Beautiful Betsy roared through his path. How had he and his wingman ended up in these positions? Roger seized one thought: An enemy plane must be on Walt's tail. Forget evasive action.

Roger responded before he saw his friend's attacker. A barrage from his .50-caliber guns pierced the air. Then ... there it was! The Me 109 hurtled straight through his stream of gunfire. The cockpit shattered. The plane tilted over and dropped from the sky.

"Gotcha!"

It was his luckiest shot ever. But now, two truths slammed home. The first was that his guns fell silent before he released the trigger switch. He was out of ammunition. Second, his own attackers were hot on his tail. Already he heard the staccato of jackhammers pummeling the Thunderbolt.

Roger jammed the stick forward, plunging earthward to outrace the two enemies. The altimeter registered only five thousand feet: not enough altitude for a speedy getaway. Worse, the P-47 responded sluggishly. Sure, he was born to fly, but even a top ace could be slaughtered if his aircraft didn't perform. Rescuing Walt had come with a price tag.

"They've shot up my rudder. This can't get any worse."

As if to prove him wrong, the fighter's engine began to cough. Steely claws of dread gripped Roger's intestines and dug in. Nothing like this had ever happened to him. In past missions, he'd always been able to outthink and outmaneuver the enemy, but with the Thunderbolt's damaged condition, he didn't stand a chance of outflying any experienced pilot.

His frustration erupted in a couple of choice words.

Roger pulled back on the stick. If he must die, it wasn't going to be from burrowing into the Third Reich. Slowly, far more lackadaisically than it should, the fighter managed to level out from the dive, but not before Roger's prop was chopping though the tips of pine trees. The engine continued coughing. More tracers flashed past. Roger heard deadly rounds stabbing into his plane. As he feared, the dive had been too short to shake his pursuers.

Sweating, Roger slipped his plane up, down, left, right, hoping against hope that the two aggressors would run out of ammo before they could deliver the death blow. If only that would happen, maybe they would forfeit the chase and head home.

The hardy Thunderbolt absorbed more abuse. Roger couldn't believe he remained airborne. But the clock was ticking. He might have only seconds of life. Just one German bullet through his skull ...

"Cripes!" he shouted over the radio. "I'm out of ammo. Rudder shot to pieces. These guys are clobbering the snot out of me. I'm not coming back. Tell 'em I shot down at least two before they got me!"

Desperate, Roger coaxed his wounded aircraft into foolhardy maneuvers. He ducked it under a bridge. He brought it up to treetop level. He barely avoided clipping the roof of a farmhouse ... Still, the mongrels nipped at his tail with their bullets. At this low level, he couldn't even bail out. At least they weren't using their 30 mm cannons. Must've used 'em up.

Walt's voice sounded over the radio. "Hoosier, where are you? I've lost you."

"Don't know. Just passed under a bridge. Railroad tracks. They're ..."

The fighter's engine stopped wheezing and seized up. Whether the enemies had severed an oil line or what, he had no time to guess. Willpower couldn't keep this kite aloft. A Thunderbolt's glide pattern was as efficient as a footlocker's.

Roger flashed past a road, hurtled over a snow-covered field, and dropped like a cannonball. No time for landing gear. Hydraulics were probably shot up anyway.

"Nose up! Come on, baby, nose up! Up!"

No doubt gloating in their success, the two Me 109s thundered overhead. Roger concentrated on the ground. The field was small, much shorter than a runway.

"God, help!"

The fighter smacked the earth with teeth-rattling force. It bounced off its belly, thudded down again, then skidded across the field horrifyingly fast — straight toward the tree line.

"Come on, come on ..." Wrestling with stick and rudder, Roger fought for control. If only he could point the nose between two tree trunks instead of straight into one ... The plane would no longer obey. Colliding with the ground must have finished whatever damage the Messerschmitts had wreaked.

Like the final scene from a nightmare, the line of trees hurtled straight toward him. Into his mind's eye sprang the image of his bloody carcass being pulled from crumpled metal.

Still wrenching the stick against the inevitable, Roger shut his eyes.

CHAPTER 2

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Sandy Springs, Georgia


Katherine Mueller took a deep breath and sighted along her Glock 19 a final time. She tried to ignore the sweatiness of her palm on the grip. Squinting just enough to reduce the sun's afternoon glare, she squeezed the trigger, releasing her final round.

"Yes!" All fifteen bullets had thudded home in a tight pattern on the silhouette's heart. Jubilation welled inside her chest.

"Check that out." Katherine holstered the weapon, pulled off the protective earmuffs, and turned to her uncle. A wide grin on his face rewarded her own. "It's the best I've ever done. Not bad for twenty-five yards, if I do say so myself."

"Yes, Katarina, I see. I am proud of you," Uncle Kurt said, using the German version of her name as he usually did. His gold-capped incisor glistened in the sunlight. "Superb shooting. You are becoming a true markswoman."

His approval warmed her heart. "It's taken me long enough."

"But you never gave up. You persisted. That shows tenacity, a trait sadly lacking in many young people."

"Thanks." Admiring the bullet-ridden silhouette once more, she said, "I think I'll keep that target as a souvenir. It'll be a combination of trophy and personal challenge to beat next time."

"Splendid idea. Your father would be proud, Katarina. And not only of your shooting."

The reference to her father mellowed Katherine's triumphant mood. She gazed into her uncle's steel-gray eyes. "Do you really think so? Or are you just saying that to make me happy? You know I want to live in a way that would honor them, but ..."

Uncle Kurt laid his arm across her shoulders as they trudged across the private shooting range. "I mean every word of it. Frank had high hopes for his only daughter. He wished to see you embrace the Heritage Organization and flourish in it. It would have meant so much to him to see your progress."

"What about Mother?" Katherine pried loose the thumbtacks holding the silhouette to the weathered plywood. "Mother was a member, too, wasn't she?"

"Of course." Uncle Kurt's eyes flitted away, as if he'd noticed something among the live oaks behind the range. "Ruth worked as Frank's assistant, but she was as brilliant as he was. And not just a scientist. She excelled in psychology and other studies too. If Ruth talked less about our secret society, it was simply due to her wide range of interests." He smiled. "Your mother joked that each day was too short, that she could not learn all she wished unless she could conquer the habit of sleeping every night. Do you recall that?"

Katherine shook her head. "I don't remember many details. Mostly general things, like being cuddled on a lap or holding hands while going for walks. If it weren't for the photo album, I wouldn't even remember their faces."


(Continues...)

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hudson5107 More than 1 year ago
The title and premise of this book hooked me immediately: secret German experimentation on war prisoners during WWII to attempt to increase length and quality of life. Roger Greene, the American pilot in whom the experiment seems to be successful, is not told the war has ended but is kept incarcerated for 70 years, fed false information of battles still raging, given no current news sources, but is allowed access to pre-war literature and studies through which he self-educates and remains sane and determined. When he finally escapes to America with the help of a sympathetic guard, he emerges into a world he knows nothing about, where scientific advances are mind-boggling, with only the clothes on his back, no job, no connections, and with the knowledge he has been implanted with a tracking device, and is aware he is being followed to be exterminated. This story has all the suspense of a thriller, the intrigue of the time frame from the 1940s to 2015, the nostalgic history of mid-century America, the incessant presence of evil, and yes, some romance as well—a fast-paced and satisfying book.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry is an outstanding novel. It is set simultaneously 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.
LoverOfStory More than 1 year ago
The Methuselah Project is a fascinating novel that faces the question of what might have happened if Germany had won World War II. At least, that is what protagonist Roger Greene faces as he lives in isolation as a POW for seventy years after World War II, fed lies and false news stories about Germany’s success in achieving world domination. This is a unique story. What would the world look like if Nazi Germany had succeeded under Hitler? It is an interesting question that this book explores in various ways. When Green finally does escape from his isolation, he must learn to cope in the modern world a reality that provides an interesting commentary on today’s society. His rescuer, secret society member Katherine Mueller, is a sharp and thoughtful woman who strives to do what is right, even when that means standing against the society that raised her. My one complaint was that the characters sometimes seemed a little one-dimensional. I wish Barry had spent more time developing the characters and letting the reader get to know them. This aside, however, it is still a worthwhile and interesting read. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. This review was posted to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads, CBD, Deeper Shopping, and Library Thing (if available).
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
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 Germany’s 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 Germany’s practices, though in 2014, not the 1940’s. 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 uncle’s devotion to her and to her well-being. Katherine and Roger’s 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 author’s other works. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest opinion.
readerbynight More than 1 year ago
I found this novel to be absolutely fascinating. There is so much history, plausible or not, built into this book. So much to ponder. As a child myself during WWII, my interest deepened throughout. Growing up, I learned as others did, that there were many secrets, experiments, agendas, so to me, this book did have an abundance of historic fact, fiction, what-if.... Yes. What if Roger Greene had not crashed in his plane and lived only to be captured? What if German scientists had discovered a way to appease Hitler's plan for the Thousand Year Reich? What if one experiment actually worked? Herein lies the mystery, the complexity of the story. The author, Rick Barry, has given us a full-blown history of one man's fight to return home to Indiana. This history is decades in the making. In the beginning there were seven, Roger was Number 7. When the lab is demolished by heavy bombardment only Roger remains alive among the seven captives. What does this mean? Will he be rescued? One of his captors, indeed the scientist himself, eventually loosens up enough to provide the airman with reading material which included a Bible. His world opening up and giving him hope through many different writings provides enough to keep him sane, but for how long? This is an adventure story unlike others. No dashing around, he is in a cage. But he has plans, and God on his side. And he is exactly the same in appearance as he was 70 years ago when he was captured. He is not even aware that the war is long over. On the other hand, is it really over for him? The opportunity he has been waiting for suddenly arises and Yes! he is free, at least he may be free, if he can just get out of Germany and to the US, but will anyone believe his story? This story has everything a person could want. A mix of everything: sci fi, romance, war, history, humanity, inhumanity, excitement, adventure, a book that will keep you reading as the world takes him through changes, terror, and more. A wonderful, entertaining and thought-provoking book with a surprise ending.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
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 doesn’t 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 can’t really remember them. She works as a free-lance writer so she can pick and choose her assignments and work hours, although she doesn’t 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 Roger’s 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.
annelr More than 1 year ago
A futuristic historical novel...Rick Barry has pulled off quite a feat in The Methuselah Project. WWII history mixed with a modern day Rip Van Winkle-type character. Intrigue, bizarre experiments, an extended chase scene that takes the reader from Germany to Indiana and a little romance are a blend of fiction to keep the pages turning. Will Katherine, a young initiate into "The Organization" believe this insane story that Captain Greene, a supposed WWII pilot, gives as an explanation of their harrowing experiences? Suspenseful, with a tad bit of humor and lots of excitement, this is one WWII prisoner-of-war story you won't want to miss. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a ride! If you like World War II fiction, if you like a rip-roaring thriller, and if you like Captain America (you do like the Cap, don’t you?), you’ll love The Methuselah Project. Rick Barry knows his history, and all the details are just right, including Roger’s culture shock in modern America. Roger and Katherine are wonderful characters, and the suspense is smartly paced. Enjoy!
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book. Wow, I really, really enjoyed this story, which was a surprise to me as I don’t consider myself as an avid reader of historical fiction. Because I enjoyed this book so much I did a bit of research on Mr. Rick Barry and this is what I found on his website, www.rickbarry.com. --As a boy, Rick watched his father on his ham radio chat with others. “The accents coming over the speaker were Hispanic, Germanic, sometimes British… I wanted to visit such lands. I also dreamed about writing stories, maybe about those places.” --In his teen years, Mr. Barry “studied French. Then added Spanish. Then added German. All in hopes that someday I would travel the world. At the same time, though, a friend kept inviting me to “youth rallies” held by churches. I agreed to go one time.” As a result of these church services Rick was saved. --As an adult Rick shared his “interests changed. I was willing to give up the dream of traveling do whatever God might have for me. But He didn’t rip away my dreams. He took the things that interested me and gave new reasons to pursue them.” The Methuselah Project is a story about Roger Green, a fighter pilot, whose plane was shot down over Nazi Germany. Roger was taken hostage by Hitler’s men and was used in an experimental project. Roger started out with six other men, but when air raids took place the other six men died. Thus, Roger was the lone survivor of the Methuselah project. This story is also about Katherine Mueller. A young lady who is being raised by her Uncle Kurt. Katherine is being trained in tactics to learn more about the organization called the HO, the Heritage Organization. “The HO—it’s a kind of secret society. Sort of like Masons or Shriners, but it’s all behind the scenes, aimed at improving individuals and society in general. The goal is to raise the level of achievement, morals, and ethics in each country where members live.” “So what does ‘HO’ actually stand for?” “The full name is Heritage Organization, but hardly anybody says the whole thing. Sometimes we say, ‘HO,’ sometimes just ‘the organization.’” “At the word organization, a chill gripped Roger’s heart. Sophie had said the same thing about the Methuselah controllers. ‘And you’re a member of this organization?’” page 240 There is a lot of history in this book intertwined with the fictional account of Roger’s life. Roger spends many, many years behind bars as a “guinea pig” of sorts. Over time he has a great desire to be released and to see the outside world, one he has not seen in 70 years or more. Can he escape his current situation and make it to the outside? How will he be able to escape? Will he need help? Where will he go once he finds some freedom? How is Katherine a part of this? You will not be disappointed in this book. It is a book that once you start you will not want to put down. Thank you Mr. Barry for a copy of your book. I received a copy of this book by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
RachelHreader More than 1 year ago
I loved this smash up genre book. Contemporary fiction alternating with historical fiction, and a dose of science and romance, made for a pretty interesting read. I have to say, the setting, premise, and antagonist reminded me of another WWII fictional character - Captain America (made comic books seem real!) The beginning of the story seemed a little wordy, with heavy doses of descriptions and characters' thoughts, but if you push through, you'll be hooked like I was. The characters' development is captivating at times; you wish you could get to know these people in real life! The ideas presented are far fetched, but not entirely impossible; by the end of the book, you find yourself thinking it could really happen. The author wrapped up the various threads nicely, but left a few things open for a sequel (hopefully!). The book made me want to go out and read more of the war times and various settings; each new piece of information presented was a morsel, leaving you wanting more. I can highly recommend this book, given the wide mix of characters, crossover of timelines, and writing style. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
story especially WWll. This book has it all from suspense to science fiction. What would you do if you were held captive like a lab rat and found the world had carried on without you? This story brings all of this to light. This book will have you on the edge of your seat. Will he be found out or will he be on the run for the rest of his life? Secrets will be reviled. Who can Roger trust? If you love history and suspense with a lot of adventures in a clean book you will want to read this great book. Thank you and God Bless
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully entertaining book. Part history, part future, part mystry all adds up to one great book. The characters were very well developed. The plot well thought out and executed. It keeps your attention and interest throughout. The editing was well done, also. One of my pet-peeves is a poorly edited book. Highlly recommend. You will not be disappointed. The Christian aspect was not pushy but very well incorporated.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This was such an interesting book. I have never read anything like it. Can you imagine never aging? Can you imagine being held in captivity for your entire existence? I truly felt for Roger. His captivity was lonely and boring, and I could feel those emotions through the words the author penned. The author laid out the story very well, and it was easy to follow. I do wish we could have heard more about Katherine's thoughts and actions, but I understand why the author didn't expound a great deal on her for more than half the book. Roger is the main focus: from the beginning to the end, the author does an excellent job of keeping you engrossed in the story of Roger's life. Overall, I really enjoyed this excellent story!
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book had me captivated from the get-go! Roger is a pilot in the Air Force in WWII - roger that? (A little book humor) He gets shot down over Germany's Third Reich during a air raid, and becomes number seven in the science experiments Dr. is conducting. The goal, a body that will generate new cells quickly, heal itself, and live a very long life. In that way, the elite will become even more intelligent and able to conquer the world. After years of living in a cell, Roger finally finds way to escape. He has no idea how the world has changed, believing that all these years the world was still at war. He knows no one and has no where to go. Meanwhile... somewhere in America, there is an elite society, the HO. Few people are eligible to become members, those who do are sworn to secrecy and must past the most rigid of testing to move up in the ranks. Katherine, a beautiful and intelligent young woman is part of this organization. Mostly due to her uncle and the memory of her parents and what they wanted for her. Her most recent assignment - Roger. Little does she know what all this involves and how dangerous it can get. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It started out fast paced, slowed just a little for me in the middle, but that may just have been because I was so eager to get him out of that cell and see what was going to happen to him. Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down. My house work suffered for a few days. The author was creative and fun with Roger's outdated vocabulary and knowledge of the current year and modern times. I enjoyed the reference to God and the Bible. I felt while the author did a great job incorporating faith without making it overbearing. What can I say? You will not want to miss this one. This is the first time I have read a book by Rick Barry, but it won't be the last I hope. This book was provided by bookfun.org and Kregel in exchange for my honest review.
Melody Newburn More than 1 year ago
The Methuselah Project is a suspenseful, fast-paced historical fiction book. Set both in World War II and the present day, the book jumps adeptly between the two time periods and the two main characters, Roger Greene, an experimental medical prisoner, and Katherine Mueller, a young woman unwittingly caught up in a secret German society. Even though the book spans the course of 70 years, it feels like the significance of each stage in Roger Greene’s life is touched on artfully and necessarily. And when Roger and Katherine meet, the climax of the book really begins. I enjoyed the book as a quick, action-packed read. The historical tidbits were fun to boot. While I don’t care much for reading about romance, this book had just enough of it to keep you interested and to not be over the top. The book ends so abruptly it left me with questions, ones the author writes in that the main characters have themselves. It makes me wish I knew what the future looked like for Roger, Katherine, the secret society, and the world it is trying to puppeteer. I think that is the mark of many a good book though; it doesn’t fully sate your appetite and leaves you dreaming about the character’s present and future realities. I recommend The Methuselah Project if you are looking for an easy, fast, adventuresome read. *I received this book in exchange for an honest review from The Book Club Network. The opinions are entirely my own.*
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
The Methuselah Project, by Rick Barry is an interesting adventure. It is set during World War II, at a time when Germans were experimenting on prisoners. Roger Greene was born to fly, so when the time came to fly for the Allies, he went. Greene was shot down and captured by the German's. While there he was experimented on and when the camp was bombed he discovered what the experiment entailed...his wounds healed and he never aged. The theme is the similar to other works but it is done with humor and it pulls in a wide variety of readers. I also enjoyed that some of the book took place in Indiana. I spent 15 years there and it is so nice to hear mention of some places where I have been. I would recommend this book to adventure readers, those that enjoy history and those that like Christian fiction. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review by bookfun.org and Kregel publishing
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry was a really fun read. Reminiscent of Captain America, it’s about a World War II soldier, Roger Greene, who is captured by Nazis and made at least partially immortal, and Kathleen Mueller, who unwittingly works for the organization that keeps him prisoner. Roger Greene must somehow survive being a lab rat and a prisoner of the Nazis- and then face assimilation into the modern world with an evil organization trying to silence him. Meanwhile Kathleen trains and waits for the perfect guy to walk into her life. And when he does, neither of them is prepared for the assassins and danger they face. A thoroughly exciting and romantic read and I hope to see many more such unique books in the Christian market. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own. Reviewed by Jes Drew
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure about reading this book as it was by a man, and I thought it would be too “macho” for me. I also never read sci-fi but after reading the back of the book I was curious. I am so glad decided to give it a chance. It is WWII, 1943 and Captain Roger Green, already a hero in his own right, is doing what he loves most, flying. After many successful missions, he is shot down over enemy territory and with his piloting skills averts what could have been a fatal crash. He thinks he will go into survival mode and be rescued but finds himself quickly captured and whisked away to an unusual prison. There he finds himself and a handful of other men, as part of an evil experiment. It is top secret even among the Nazi’s. When the prison is bombed by Allied forces, Roger not only survives but completely heals. Roger becomes priceless to them as a human guinea pig because he is proof what they are trying to achieve worked: a human that can live forever. Over the next 70 years he is kept like a caged animal. Is only human contact is a few scientists. This gave him a great deal of time to examine his relationship with God he had abandoned years ago. Finally through a suspenseful escape, he returns to America in the year 2015. He is a modern day Rip Van Winkle. Being in a time warp is the least of his worries. He is still in great danger. A young woman, Katherine who is trying to rescue him, has no clue she is his enemy and neither does he. This story is electrifying! We know technology has moved ahead rapidly in a short time, but do we ever stop to think how much? Seeing the 21st century through the eyes someone from the 1940’s was shocking. To make it even harder, Roger couldn’t share his story with anyone as it was too insane. Who would believe him? He had no identification, and everyone he knew was dead, or so he thought. His newly renewed faith was put into action right away! This book has so many things going for it. It is well written, super action filled, historical, and exciting! I had trouble putting it down and read it in record time. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Barry’s books! Trust me; you do want to read this book! I received a copy of this book free from Kregel Publishing. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Rick Barry in his new book, “The Methuselah Project” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Roger Greene. From the back cover: 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. There will always be a group or someone who feels that they can live your life for you better than you can. This is what happens to Roger Greene. He crashes behind enemy lines and then is used for a science experiment that works. He is held prisoner for seventy-two years and then escapes. Or does he really? “The Methuselah Project” is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Mr. Barry is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality, though every so often it does slow down a touch. And did I mention that there is a romance? Roger and Katherine are well drawn and interesting characters. Not only will this book keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read them it will also have you asking all kinds of questions. Well Done! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What a phenomenal book! It captivated me and I got nothing done until I finished it because I found it so fascinating – unbelievable yet totally believable! “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.” The book alternates between Roger’s story from 1943 onwards and Katherine Mueller’s modern day story. She’s an orphan, raised by kindly Uncle Kurt to be an outstanding martial arts fighter, expert shooter and skilled tracker. I loved reading this story – there was fascinating science fiction, the thrill of the chase, good versus evil and romance! However, for those squeamish at the mention of blood, this might not be the book for you as there was some – it’s a suspense book! I did not want the story to end and I do highly recommend it! I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Methuselah Project is an intriguing story! When Roger Greene’s plane is shot down over enemy territory, he is captured and held as a prisoner of war. However, Roger also becomes a Nazi science experiment, and his life is changed in ways he never could have imagined. I love World War II fiction and enjoyed traveling back in time and meeting this special war hero. Barry’s attention to detail is tremendous and his knowledge of WWII history is evident in his storytelling. I am not usually a fan of sci-fi elements, but those contained in this story were well-written and very engaging. I really enjoyed the convergence of the story lines and reveled in its twists, turns, and surprises. Rick Barry has penned an imaginative tale, and I look forward to reading more! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating and unique story that kept my attention the whole way through! I loved the plot, which reminded me of the Captain America story in some ways and why I asked for the book. I love reading about World War II and this had a unique take on the genre. The story line went back and forth from what was happening with Roger through the years to Katherine in 2015 working her way up the organization with the help and encouragement of her uncle. It actually took quite a while for them to meet and I would have liked to have seen them together sooner. There's quite a bit of exciting action and a little bit of romance. There were a few discussions about faith and it was interesting to see Roger's journey from someone who didn't think about God much to becoming a believer who depended on God and the Bible to get him through his captivity. He was such a great character, from his chivalry and respect for morals to his humor and overall good attitude even though he was a prisoner. I also really liked Katherine, her spunk and courage. There were a couple of uses of a British swear word, which could have been left out. There were also a couple things I thought seemed unrealistic for the organization to have not done during his captivity and manhunt. Overall, this was an entertaining story I think both men and women would enjoy. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
The_Loopy_Librarian More than 1 year ago
Imagine being held captive as a POW for 70 years and never aging. Such is the premise of The Methuselah Project. Because we know that Nazis performed medical experiments on humans, the idea of the story isn’t as unbelievable as one might think. Though the science was vague and unconvincing at times, The Methuselah Project remained fascinating as a narrative. Despite stilted and awkward dialogue which improved as the story progressed, there was unexpected and welcome humor to counter the darkness of the story. The characters are conceived in such a way that it isn’t always easy to connect with them. Nevertheless, they each demonstrate intelligence, humor, and courage which makes the reader root for them. Though I found holes in the story and had many unanswered questions, The Methuselah Project was still a page-turner with a unique and entertaining premise. Please Note: In accordance with FTC guidelines, the publisher provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
What a great thrill ride The Methuselah Project is! I love historical fiction and suspense and this book has plenty of both along with a touch of humor. This is the first of Rick Barry’s books that I’ve read and I’d say he has hit a home run! Roger Greene is sucked into the Nazi world and held prisoner while enduring the experimentation of Dr. Otto Kossler. After centuries in a dungeon, Roger aims for freedom only to find the freedom he wants outside the prison means being pursued by The Organization. Katherine Mueller has been brought up in the Heritage Organization and strived to succeed there. When she receives a training assignment to track Roger, she takes it up immediately. The problem arises when Roger’s story and the Heritage Organization’s assignment collide. Katherine struggles to know who to believe and the indecision could get her killed. My favorite part of this book is when Roger Greene enters the modern world. While walking through the airport he sees a man with multiple facial piercings and funky haircut…he thinks the guy has been experimented on as well. I literally laughed out loud on that one! The Methuselah Project is a must read! I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to share it with my fellow bookworms. I received this book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2015-book-reviews/the-methuselah-project-by-rick-barry/
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Roger Greene is a flying ace during World War II. While on a mission his plane is shot down in enemy territory. Expecting to be taken to a prisoner of war camp, he's surprised to find himself carted to a lab of sorts. While imprisoned, he's subjected to a series of tests by a mad scientist who claims he's found a way to allow a man to live for a thousand years. The doc's prognosis seems farfetched... until Roger survives a bombing with barely a scratch and finds himself outliving his original captors. When he breaks free seventy years later, he hasn't aged a single day. Can he convince Katherine Mueller his story isn't as implausible as it sounds? Will she help him to be free of the organization that has held him captive? Rick Barry weaves a delightful tale set in World War II. I found it gripping and didn't want to put it down to go about my daily tasks. :) I highly recommend his work. Rick has a way of drawing you in and not letting you go until the novel is completed. This book was provided free for review by Kregel Publications - 2015.