Friday, September 18, 2015

Bookshelf Friday - The Methuselah Project

I volunteered to review this book because Rick Barry is a part of the same agency that I am. He asked for honest reviewers, and once I read the blurb for this book I knew I wanted to be one. So, here's that blurb and we'll chat on the other side.

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.

Captain America is one of my favorite heroes, and as much as Barry says it's not Captain America, there was a similar element here that simply made me want to pick it up. Once I began to read I could see those similarities on the page, but only in a vague sense. The characters Barry developed are unique to this story and well fleshed out. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.

The story switches between past and present and while this can sometimes seem jarring, in this book it worked well. It's so disheartening at times to realize how long Roger would be in confinement, but that only made you root for him more. Barry navigated an intricate relationship between Roger and his captor in a believable way, this dynamic one of the most interesting in the book for me. The other was getting to watch Roger's spiritual growth. When he truly had everything else stripped from him, there was no where else to turn. He discovers peace and hope in God in what felt like a pit of despair. Seeing how this changed his demeanor gave a clear picture of what God can do in our lives.

Roger isn't the only character in this book. We meet Katherine in present day where we're allowed to see The Organization in modern times and anticipate what will happen once Roger escapes and runs into her. This had me turning pages, anxiously waiting for their run-in on page. I was also invested in Katherine's story as she unraveled her past and found independence from everything she once though to be true.

Though this story was not as fast-paced as I typically pick up, nor a straight romance, I still easily recommend it. A book filled with history and modern day references, action and suspense, even a touch of romance, The Methuselah Project was a wonderful read.

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