The Methuselah Project

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So, here’s the deal about this book – The historical content intrigued me, but I was skeptical of it’s sci-fi twist (I am generally not a sci-fi fan at all).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.


Sarah Sundin’s Through Waters Deep and Anchors Aweigh Giveaway


Dive into Sarah Sundin’s explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Through Waters Deep
  • A nautical tote bag
  • A set of compass rose notecards
  • A “Hope Anchors the Soul” journal
  • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah’s blog.


About the Book

Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015)

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war.

Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

Sarah Sundin takes readers to the tense months before the US entered WWII. Readers will encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love, in this hopeful and romantic story.

My Thoughts

I so enjoy learning/reading/pretending I’m living in the 1940’s, so this book immediately drew me in from that aspect.  The writing is great, and the plot kept me reading and reading..and reading! (This is my second Sarah Sunden book, so I wasn’t at all surprised by that fact)  I don’t know much about naval life, so it was enjoyable discovering the different nautical terms that would pop up throughout the story.  Besides a good mystery and clean romance, something else I thoroughly enjoyed was seeing how Sarah wove Truth through the story.  In the story, Mary is reticent/reserved, but can’t resist a good mystery, and even through her fear, she learns it is important to shine her light brightly – not to show the world how great she is, but how great He is.

About the Author

Sarah Sundin is the author of The Wings of the Nightingale series and Wings of Glory series. Her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten is a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards. On Distant Shores was a finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Award from both the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and the Christian Authors Network (CAN).  In 2011, Sundin received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sundin just launched her new World War II series, Waves of Freedom, with Through Waters Deep. Anchor in the Storm is expected to release in summer 2016.

A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Sundin works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy, and her great-uncle flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in California, where she teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also enjoys speaking for community and writers’ groups.

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