Book Review : The Methuselah Project (YA)

Whenever I can, I love to read books that I can share with my gang of (young) readers!!  So when offered a copy of The Methuselah Project, not only did I want to read it for me, but I was excited to get my hands on what sounded like a fun book to share with my boys too!


From the outset the plot grabbed my attention, but the characters kept it!  I immediately took a liking to Roger Greene the pilot of a fighter jet who is shot down over enemy territory during WWII.  At the same time we meet Katherine, a modern day young woman who is the niece of a leader in a clandestine organization with German roots – can you see where this is going?

Thanks to some crazy doctor, a few POWs and a lunatic leading Germany, the Methuselah Project gets off the ground and young Roger Greene is the victim!  Fast forward through many decades of being locked up in a tiny cell, being fed “inaccurate” information from his captors, and finding his only peace in a Bible, and you arrive in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Katherine comes into the story as a member of the HO (a covert german organization), however she is not really sure what they stand for despite attempts to understand as she becomes a member.  When she and Roger meet up, more than chemistry begins to happen.

This story will grab you, and as you bounce between WWII and 2015 you will wonder who is who, and what will happen next.  Rick Barry does a great job of blending the historical telling of Roger and his predicament with Katherine and her quest to figure out just who her uncle is and what he stands for.  While the science of 1945-ish may not have been able to actually lead to the results of this story, the way Mr. Barry tells it, it makes you wonder if in fact it could have, or even if it did happen!

The Methuselah project was a perfectly written blend of suspense, action, deep characters and a sprinkling of romance.  I highly recommend it, and cannot wait to hear my boys’ opinions of it!!  Thank you for a great book that has a strong message about character, integrity and compassion!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of The Methuselah Project by Litfuse.

SONY DSCBy God’s grace, I’m the author of the novels The Methuselah Project, Gunner’s RunKiriath’s Quest, and over 200 articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a writer and World War II buff, my main role is Director of Church Planting ministries at BIEM, a Christian ministry active in Eastern Europe. I hold a degree in foreign languages, speak Russian, and every summer I assist with children’s camps in Eastern Europe. I live near Indianapolis with my wonderful wife Pam. Visit me at, or on Twitter (@WriterRickBarry).

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