The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

Imagine being held captive for seventy years without aging a day, only to escape into modern-day 2015. Meet WWII hero Roger Greene in Rick Barry’s The Methuselah Project. 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?


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The Methuselah Project (Kregel, September 2015)

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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Rick Barry

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Rick Barry is the author of “Gunner’s Run,” another World War II novel, “Kiriath’s Quest,” and more than 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 lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Read this book. With all the similarities to the adventures of one of my favorite comic book characters, this is no rip-off. It is a well-written story, and I finished hoping that the future holds more tales of its hero.

    By the way, if you’re a die-hard superhero fan who remembers the 1990 Captain America film, there’s a moment on page 219 that will surprise and delight you.

    Written by The Minister’s Wife on October 13, 2015
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    The hero starts out as a cocky pilot and ends as a Bible believing, humble, yet confident man – that still wants to fly. He undergoes physical, mental, and emotional change yet comes out on top. He’s a very likable character and he reacts to the situations as well as he can. I can’t even imagine having my life extended just to live in a prison cell out of touch with the rest of the world.

    The heroine starts out as a rather naive, malleable young lady. It’s totally understandable when you read how she’s been raised. She wants to change and takes steps toward that goal before the hero comes on the scene, but he is the catalyst that opens her eyes to the truth. In her case, the truth hurts – especially emotionally. I admire the way that she evaluates the tough situation thrown at her.

    Written by Jendi’s Journal on October 12, 2015
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    This book has a very interesting story line. One that intrigued me. I have always enjoyed reading about the WWII era and thought this would be different. Well, it was different, but unfortunately, it didn’t click with me. Keeping track of the two different timelines was confusing and hard to keep up with and kind of weird.

    I’m just not one for science fiction. But if you enjoy science fiction, then you should definitely read this book.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on October 11, 2015


    This book was a page turner. It felt a bit like the story of Captain America, but with some added twists. The writing is well done and captivating, it kept my attention from the first word to the last word. The plot was intriguing and the characters were easy to relate to. This is the kind of story that makes everyone wonder about its plausibility and contemplate what it would look like if it was a reality. This is the first I’d heard of Rick Barry, but I think I’ll be checking out some of his other books.

    Written by Little Blurbs on October 11, 2015
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    This was by far one of the most interesting book concepts I have ever come across. The book begins in Nazi Germany with Roger Greene being shot down by enemy planes. He soon finds himself an unwilling participant in a Nazi experiment. I really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling and captivating, and I have never read another book like it.

    Written by The Talbert Report on October 11, 2015
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    The chapters within the novel jump back and forth between two story lines; the first is Roger Greene’s, which begins in 1943 as he flies a fighter plane over Hitler’s Germany. The second storyline belongs to Katherine Mueller, a young woman living in Georgia in 2014. She is receiving military-type training from her Uncle Kurt and they are both part of the Heritage Organization–Kurt having been part of the organization for a very long time, and Katherine still in the early stages of her training and knowledge.

    Ingrained within both storylines you will find strong character development & mystery, experience empathy, and anxiously await the collision of the two storylines. When is does occur–in March 2015–you get drawn into a whole new level of action & suspense.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on October 10, 2015
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    This is a historical, sci-fi, adventure. It held my attention and then it fell flat in other parts.

    Over all this was an interesting read, and I would recommend it for those adventurers who like a good adventure.

    Written by Radiant Light on October 10, 2015
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    This was a very interesting book. The way the author handled the passage of seventy years was thought out and thought provoking. It was intriguing how Roger found comfort and solace in reading the Bible, something he did not do before his capture. This was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed reading it and love how it is open-ended to allow for future additions to this marvelous story.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on October 10, 2015
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    I am generally not a fan of science fiction, but the way that Barry wove other elements into the story, I was sucked in. It’s like Jason Bourne meets time travel meets historical fiction, definitely a different way to tell a story. It doesn’t really fit into any typical type of genre. You want to cheer Captain Greene on from page one, so you keep coming back to see what his fate is as a Methuselah man.

    Written by Finding My Yellow on October 9, 2015
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  • The Methuselah Project is a well-crafted, captivating story. It grows more action-packed toward midway, which made it hard for me to put down. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the historical-mixed-with-science-fiction aspect (surprising, because I am not fond of science fiction). I think my teenage son will enjoy this.If you enjoy history, and science fiction, you will want to check it out.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on October 9, 2015
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story – I was hooked from the first page! I was thrilled to finish it and know I could share it with my young adult boys without fear of anything! The story was exciting, the characters were real and easy to love. Overall, great twists and turns, some great science-fiction and I loved the historical perspective!!

    Written by Milk & Honey Meadows on October 8, 2015
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    Since I had never heard of this author before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. But with part of the story set during WWII (my favorite time period) and a Captain America-esque hero (my favorite superhero) there was a pretty good chance I was going to like this book. Thankfully that turned out to be true. I was completely engrossed in the story from the first page until the very last. I loved Roger’s character! It was amazing how he managed to keep his spirits up through all of his years of captivity! I was completely fascinated by his whole journey and was impressed by how the author never let the pace slip. Katherine’s character was also pretty great, if a bit naive at times. In all this book was completely intriguing, well-written, and just plain good! I highly recommend it!

    Written by Christian Novels on October 8, 2015
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    Rick Barry has written a fascinating novel that will keep readers on their toes. Different ideas in The Methuselah Project will definitely keep readers thinking. With an enticing storyline and well-developed characters, it is clear that Rick has not only invested time into these, but done his research on the time period as well. I would highly recommend this novel to readers that are interested in the scientific field, as well as enjoy historical and contemporary fiction combined into one story.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on October 8, 2015
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    The premise of this book drew me in right away – WWII, Nazi scientists, air planes, a man that doesn’t age, secrete societies, all very exciting! The book switched back and forth between Greene’s story in the past and a present day story line that meet up together in the end of the book. This is the first Rick Barry novel that I have read and I found his writing very exciting and detailed. I could picture the plane crash and the prison room that Greene was held in. I could feel the excitement of possible escape. From page one the story line is filled with action, and while I felt like the middle lacked a little action, I was invested in the story and wanted to read on to find out how it ended. Would Roger ever make it back to the USA? What would he think about the changes in the world?

    Written by Adventures of D and V on October 8, 2015
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    This story isn’t one you have heard before, it echoes some ideas from recent movies and themes but holds up on its own. An action packed story that once you get into it you will not want to put down. Barry has done well with mixing genres that compliment each other throughout this book, from historical to science fiction whichever type of book you may prefer venture out and embrace The Methuselah Project, you will not regret it.

    Written by Elle in Organic Shoes on October 7, 2015
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    I enjoyed this book. It did take me a little while to figure out what was going on. The chapters go back and forth in time (considerable distances) and I had to pay attention to keep track. It was interesting and definitely a different sort of book. I found myself angry at part of the story–that’s good! A book that stirs emotions is always good. I did feel that the story wrapped up very quickly and it was sort of like “oh ok whoa” But if you’re interested in a historical mystery intrigue type of book give it a try!

    Written by A Dusty Frame on October 7, 2015

  • I really like sci-fi, and I like historical fiction quite a bit as well. When I saw this book that is supposed to be a pairing of the two, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.
    The main character in the story, handsome flyboy Roger Green, is from Indiana, where I live, so that gave the book added interest for me.
    Roger, an orphan, depends solely on himself, his charm and his abilities. When he gets gunned down over enemy lines, he cries out one call to God, but assumes his life is over.
    He finds he’s the final lab rat in an experiment that is supposed to extend life.
    I think anyone who enjoys sci-fi OR historical fiction will enjoy this book. It’s not just for women – men and children will enjoy it as well. I also think this would make a great movie some day. 4 stars!

    Written by Busy Being Blessed on October 7, 2015


    My favorite part about this book had to be Roger himself. He was funny, even going through the worst of times he had a wicked sense of humor that made me laugh. He was a true American gentleman, chivalrous and heroic to boot. He was just an awesome main character. (Plus it probably helped that I pictured him as Steve Rogers the whole time. *giggles*)

    Written by Will Bake for Books on October 7, 2015
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  • A-MAZ-ING! As you [who follow my blog] probably well know by now, I absolutely love WWII Fiction and this one will definitely be sticking with me for a very long time! The suspense present in this story as well the humor keeps the book in your hands as you read anxiously page after page. The characters, the twists, and especially the history makes The Methuselah Project a very engaging book well worth reading!

    Written by Accelerate the Jesus Movement on October 7, 2015


    When I first considered Rick Barry’s The Methuselah Project for review, I was intrigued, not sure where a story with the hero who never ages could go when he was introduced to the twenty-first century. The changes in society, technology, and every other area of life, especially in the US are so completely alien to the world Roger Greene grew up in. Yet, as he and Katherine meet, learn each other’s stories, and work together to seek the truth in their mixed-up world, I was pleased to see how believable and real the premise is.

    The author has created characters I like and desire to cheer on through the end of the book. In fact, they are still with me even after I finished reading The Methuselah Project. I will be looking for more books by Rick Barry in the future.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on October 7, 2015
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    This is one kind of speculative novel that I can get into – one that combines plenty of true facts with enough speculation to make a very compelling story. The story is told in two different time frames and points of view that eventually merge for the conclusion. Roger was quite believable as a young man who had been held prisoner in Germany for seventy plus years. I liked how he didn’t give up but kept himself prepared just in case the opportunity to escape ever came. Katherine was also an excellent character. She believed in her uncle’s love for her and wanted to believe in his integrity but there was just something that didn’t add up about the organization he had groomed her to be a part of. I felt that she made the right choices when faced with the truth.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on October 7, 2015
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    Historical fiction with a bit of science fiction twist to it. That is how I would categorize The Methuselah Project. This is the fictional work of an imaginative mind taking us into the realm of Nazi Germany during the Third Reich when Hitler was trying to rid the World of undesirables and promote his pure and super race. Hitler’s goal (fact here) was to make sure his perceived pure race of Germans would continue unabated throughout the World. Now venturing into the fictional arena, the author has Third Reich scientists using captured soldiers with all the “right” qualities, on which to experiment and test their alteration of the genetic makeup of these individuals to ensure Methuselah type length-of-life.

    Written by Chat With Vera on October 7, 2015
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    Rick Barry has written the ultimate “past meets present” story. His love for and knowledge of World War II history shines through in The Methuselah Project. Barry’s vivid portrayal will make readers wonder and think, “Could our bodies actually be manipulated so that we essentially live forever?”
    The plot is intricate and the characters are well developed. My only criticism with the book is that it lagged in places and was too easy to lay down and come back to later. With that said, readers will want to come back and see how the story ends. This is a story of finding one’s self, finding worth and finding home. Roger – Methuselah Man – finds all three and so much more.

    Written by Mother of Three on October 6, 2015
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    There was so much to enjoy with this book! I liked the way the plot was split between the past and the present, and felt like the tale of Roger’s captivity was very realistic, his faith touching as he learned to take comfort in God alone. The mix of history, action, and speculative science was pleasant to my reading palate, and I had no idea how the book would end until the final pages. This is one I’d definitely recommend!

    Written by ReviewsByErin on October 6, 2015
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    The Methuselah Project is an intriguing story! 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!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on October 6, 2015
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  • This was a fascinating and unique story that kept my attention the whole way through! 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. Overall, this was an entertaining story I think both men and women would enjoy.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on October 5, 2015


    I have visited Dachau, and been horrified by the unspeakable experiments that were performed on prisoners in the name of science. It’s not too difficult to imagine the premise of this novel~ An insane genius, searching for the fountain of youth, using undocumented prisoners (MIA) as lab rats, at an undisclosed location.

    The first chapter is set in 1943, before Roger’s last flight over Germany, with the next chapter introducing us to Katherine Meuller in July, 2014. The story continues to move between the two times, covering decades in Roger’s life, but only months of Katherine’s life, until their timelines collide in March, 2015. The twining of the past and the present is well done, and presented a story that held my interest until the very end.

    Written by ~ Acorns ~ Nuggets of Gold ~ on October 5, 2015
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    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. . .

    Written by Leafy Not Beefy on October 5, 2015
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    I found the plot for this story interesting! I liked the way the story jumped back and forth between Katherine and Roger, telling each of their stories until they meet. It took me a little while to get into the story but after that, I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next!

    Written by snidbits on October 5, 2015
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    I was super excited to get a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion as it had such an excited description and was very different from what I usually read, I have to say it did not disappoint. I loved the main character and the premise of the story, there was just the right amount of mystery, romance and suspense to keep one interested and on the edge of your seat. I thought the author did a fabulous job of really drawing one in and I loved it!

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 5, 2015


    The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry starts off with a great premise — what could happen if an American pilot is captured by Germans during WWII and experimented on by their mad scientists, and the end of the war does not signal the end of their experiment? The result of Barry’s what if is a novel that includes suspense, history and romance. It is a very light and quick read with an ending to please romantics.

    Written by By The Book on October 5, 2015
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    The subject matter was so interesting and unique and really made me think “What if?” the entire book. It really drew me in and made me want to finish as fast as I could to see how the book ends! And then when it ended, I wanted a sequel to see how it continues!

    The Methuselah Project was a mix of romance, intrigue, murder, faith, mystery, science, history and so much more! It really is a book for all readers of all kinds of genres and it is very well written and interesting! It really makes you think about life and the fountain of youth. Is it really something you would want? Is it worth what everyone in the history of time has sacrificed to find it?

    Written by The Review Stew on October 5, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Digging For Pearls on October 5, 2015
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    The Methuselah Project is a wild ride through WWII and modern American history. You’ll fall in love with Captain Roger Greene on Page One and you’ll cheer him on through every twist and turn after that. He’s determined, brave, and funny; you can’t help but admire his spirit.

    Katherine is just as likeable. She’s a bit naïve but is determined to start steering the ship of her own life – against her domineering uncle’s wishes. She’s loyal to family, smart, and doesn’t let life get her down. I admire the way that she jumps into life full force.

    The Methuselah Project was a great read. I look forward to reading more of Rick Barry.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on October 4, 2015
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    This was such an interesting story! Once I got deeper into the story the more I had to read to find out what was going to happen. Ooooh, how I love a good suspense story! This ones fits the bill. Add in a

    Rick Barry lays a wonderful foundation for the story and reels you in with the emotional despair of the main character Roger. I become so wrapped up in the story that there was no option for me other than to complete the entire book.

    Written by Mama’s Coffee Shop on October 3, 2015
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    The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry was a very unique story. One of my favorite time periods is WWII and I love how this book was able to involve WWII and the present day. This book was so unique and I loved it even more because of that fact.

    Written by The World As I See It on October 2, 2015
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    A twist of historical and contemporary intersecting with a Captain America type character. Don’t think this is a copy though — instead it has a unique twist to the many experiments German scientists were running on people during the war. It’s a plot that will get your mind thinking and wondering with enough romance for those who cant read a book without it!

    Written by Cara Putman on October 1, 2015
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    The concept of this book was very unique. I’m excited to see Christian authors and publishers branching out into different sub-genres. This book has a lot going for it, vivid, well researched, historical detail, suspense, intrigue, faith, even a hint of humor and romance. The story was interesting and different. I did have a bit of trouble with the writing style, especially in the beginning. It felt a bit disjointed, and the dialogue especially felt clunky and info dumpy. It took some getting used to and did have a tendency to pull me out of the story a bit, although it was unbearable. If you’re looking for fiction with a light Christian element and a little something different, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.

    Written by Wandering the Pages on October 1, 2015
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    This is a story only God could of written!Heart racing action, loved it!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on October 1, 2015
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    This book is an interesting read that is filled with adventure, suspense and sci-fi; therefore, it will appeal to so many. Roger’s story is so well-written and it was so easy to become a part of his world both in the past and present day and root for him every step of the way.

    Written by Moments on October 1, 2015
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    A bit slow to start, and though it started quite literally with a bang, it took some time to become oriented with the plot and what was what, and trying to figure out how Katherine and Roger’s timelines would converge. But as the story progressed the tension tightened, and the plot became much more engrossing, with plenty of action and adventure.

    Roger is an honorable hero, he didn’t ask to live forever, and he clings to his faith through the many trials that he faces.

    Overall, a different type of read, with a fascinating premise. Well done, I was impressed with the characters, and how well the plot was handled, especially within the Christian fiction genre. Definitely worth a shot, if the subject peaks your interest.

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on September 30, 2015


    This is a really good book. It is well written, and flows nicely, even between the past/present chapters. It is definitely an interesting story line that is suspense meets sci-fi meets war tale meets Christian Values- with a touch of romance just to sweeten the deal.. I’ve never come across another book quite like this one. Mr. Barry knocks it out of the park with The Methuselah Project. Overall, I really like it!

    Written by The Open Window: An Autism Blog on September 30, 2015
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    I’m not sure what I expected when I picked this book up, but I was surprised how quickly I was pulled into the story of a young American pilot pulled into a Nazi experiment on attempting to make man immortal. The story goes back and forth between the early 1940’s and present day, following the lives of both of the main characters. An easy, imaginative story to read, this one is an interesting one full of “what if?”. I enjoyed it quite well!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on September 30, 2015

  • I thought The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry was an interesting read. In some ways, this story reminded me of a superhero/Captain America kind of movie since it shared certain similarities. But I do think this author put a pretty creative spin on it. It’s super suspenseful which I absolutely loved! The best books are the kind that keep you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what will happen next, and I feel like this author accomplished that. I rate this book as 4 stars.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on September 28, 2015
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