So, here’s the deal about this book – The historical content intrigued me, but I was skeptical of it’s sci-fi twist (I am generally not a sci-fi fan at all). But first, before I get into my own thoughts about this book, here is a little bit about the book itself:
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.
Like I said, when I was given the opportunity to review this book from Litfuse, I had to think for a bit – because I never review things that I don’t think I will like or know I won’t like (really, what would be the point of that??) So, I agreed with just a hint of skepticism, because of the idea that someone could be scientifically altered to live for who-knows-how-long is pretty far-fetched. Well, I stand completely and utterly humbled by my skepticism. Rick Barry wove a story so amazingly believable. Yes, my head knew it was a far-fetched thing that really would not have happened, *but* my heart didn’t get the memo, and it didn’t take long for the book to catch my heart. This may be just a work of fiction, but some books – even fiction 😉 – cause you to stop and think, and this one caused me to ponder… to ponder how in the world would *I* feel if I had been captured and caged without exposure to sunlight for so long – to emerge with the world a different place than when you last had any contact with it… to see those around you age, and yet you never do. At first, my thoughts were kind of awe and a sort of wonderment. But soon, I realized just how hopeless one could become. It made me realize how hopeless life without Christ really is, and how He gives us hope even in our darkest, dimmest, most draining, demanding, overwhelming, and depressing days. I think this book had a bit of everything in it, and I especially like its strong theme of Christ running through. Also, nothing objectionable to make me question its genre, as sadly, several books have caused me to do.
So, that is a long-winded way of saying I REALLY enjoyed this book! I will be keeping my eyes open for more of Mr. Barry’s books because if they’re at all like The Methuselah Project, they will get added to my “To Read” list.
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*Book was sent to me by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.