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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 27th 2015 by Kregel Publications
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Sarah Sundin
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a ride! If you like World War II fiction, if you like a rip-roaring thriller, and if you like Captain America (you do like the Cap, don’t you?), you’ll love The Methuselah Project. Rick Barry knows his history, and all the details are just right, including Roger’s culture shock in modern America. Roger and Katherine are wonderful characters, and the suspense is smartly paced. Enjoy!
Jesseca Wheaton
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book!!!! One of the most amazing, sweet, interesting books I've read! Roger was so sweet and funny and Katherine was just adorable! The book reminded me somewhat of Captain America, which was awesome! Definitely a favorite! :)
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Fantasy or Science Fiction isn't my typical read.

The Methuselah Project is about a WWII pilot that undergoes a scientific experiment in Germany after being captured. As a result of the experiment, the pilot, Captain Greene doesn't age. His story was told in tandem with Katherine's in 2015.

I found the first half of the novel to be more interesting than the second half. Overall, it was a good read and I recommend it for fantasy readers.
{3.5 stars}

I'm totally *not* a Sci-fi reader. Never have been, but this book description grabbed me because World War 2 plays a big part in this book. So I can't say I'm a huge lover of science fiction now, but I did enjoy this one a little more than expected.

What I liked:
-The setting. The first chapter was great!! Too bad Roger didn't get to fly his plane a little more.
-The second half was the best. I was pulled in by the words; intrigued.
-I really liked when Roger got to the "real world"
Toni Osborne
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is to be the most captivating book I read in a long time. Pulse –pounding action from page one, this fiction is so enthralling I hated to do anything else but flipping pages to see the outcome, it is simply that captivating. The story is quite original and starts during WW11 with Roger Greene, a fighter pilot, who becomes a study subject in the Methuselah Project by Nazi scientists after his plane was shot down behind enemy lines during WW11. It is also the story of Katherine Mueller, a ...more
Leah Good
This book is Gunner's Run meets Captain America: The Winter Soldier meets Replication: The Jason Experiment. Young Roger Greene was born to fly and fated to crash. Stranded in Axis territory, he is quickly captured and escorted to a cell, but he hasn't been delivered to any ordinary POW camp. Roger finds himself one of seven men subjected to an experiment designed to extend mans' lifespan to match Methuselah's. Unfortunately for Roger, it works.

The mashup of history, sci-fi, and flat-out
Rondi Olson
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a WWII kick lately, so this book looked interesting and I thought I'd give it a try. The concept ended up being more science fiction than history, the title should have given me a clue, but I like science fiction too, so it worked out fine for me.

I would describe this book as an origins story. The last quarter of the book was especially good and seemed like a setup for future books, which I hope will come.

My only significant complaint with the book is that the female lead seemed to
Kelly Bridgewater
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What would happen if the Nazi’s invited a medicine that could make someone live for a thousand years? What if they experimented on American soldiers? What if one survived and escaped? That is exactly the type of story that The Methuselah Project is. The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry is a mixture of mystery and intrigue. Even though the synopsis on the back cover really doesn’t do the book justice, I really, really enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of World War II history and love a good ...more
Victor Gentile
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rick Barry in his new book, “The Methuselah Project” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Roger Greene.

From the back cover: 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
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The ever-present question of “What if?” abounds in The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry. Captain Roger Greene of the U.S. Army Air Corps flies what proves to be his last combat mission on December 17, 1943. Roger loves flying and outmaneuvering the enemy, but on this particular day, he runs out of ammunition during a fight that leaves his P-47 Thunderbolt crippled with two enemy Me 109s still on his tail. He crashes somewhere in Germany with snow on the ground and nowhere to hide from the enemy ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure about reading this book as it was by a man, and I thought it would be too “macho” for me. I also never read sci-fi but after reading the back of the book I was curious. I am so glad decided to give it a chance.
It is WWII, 1943 and Captain Roger Green, already a hero in his own right, is doing what he loves most, flying. After many successful missions, he is shot down over enemy territory and with his piloting skills averts what could have been a fatal crash. He thinks he will go
Lisa Johnson
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Methuselah Project
Author: Rick Barry
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Publisher: Kregel
My rating is 5 stars.
This tale will keep readers glued to the pages long after the sun sets! The story is set during WWII before America entered the war, with a young man joining the RAF via Canada. Roger has wanted nothing but to pilot a plane! When he gets shot down in Germany, then captured, he begins to experience a nightmare. For decades he has been locked up and alone, except for the occasional visitor
A "what if" story that spreads its wings and soars. I found this novel to be absolutely fascinating. There is so much history, plausible or not, built into this book. So much to ponder. As a child myself during WWII, my interest deepened throughout. Growing up, I learned as others did, that there were many secrets, experiments, agendas, so to me, this book did have an abundance of historic fact, fiction, what-if.... Yes. What if Roger Greene had not crashed in his plane and lived only to be ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a WW II novel with a captivating twist. I really liked it.

Roger Greene was shot down over Nazi Germany in 1943. He was taken prisoner and became part of a bazaar experiment. Called the Methuselah Project, an eccentric scientist injected Roger and six others with chemicals and submitted them to treatments.

Roger was the only one who survived. He's lived for decades in a basement cell. And he has never aged. He's been lied to by his caretakers and believes the war is still going on,
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-reviews
This book had me captivated from the get-go! Roger is a pilot in the Air Force in WWII - roger that? (A little book humor) He gets shot down over Germany's Third Reich during a air raid, and becomes number seven in the science experiments Dr. is conducting. The goal, a body that will generate new cells quickly, heal itself, and live a very long life. In that way, the elite will become even more intelligent and able to conquer the world.

After years of living in a cell, Roger finally finds way to
Jennifer Davids
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Captain Roger Greene crashes his fighter plane in Nazi Germany during World War II, he resigns himself to the fact he won’t be going home for a while. But he never imagines that ‘a while ‘ will end up being seventy-two years later and that he won’t have aged a day since he was captured.
I genuinely enjoyed reading Rick Barry’s The Methuselah Project . Captain Roger Greene jumped – or I should say, flew – right off the page as I was immediately immersed into a World War II dogfight. Rick’s
Vera Godley
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Tina Hall
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being from Indiana it is fun to read a book that has references to places in the area in which I live. Roger Greene is a WWII pilot from Plainfield, IN. Katherine Mueller is a present day freelance editor in Atlanta, Georgia. This book is a nice blend of historic fiction, sci-fi, romance, and a little humor. It is well researched and contains just the right amount of description so that you don’t get lost in the details. There is also pilot lingo that adds to the authenticity. Roger is shot down ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unique, intriguing, captivating. This book snatched my attention from the first page and held it to the very end. Reminiscent of the Mel Gibson classic film Forever Young with the heart of Steve McQueen's The Great Escape, this author is the one to watch.

Roger Greene loves two things: to fly and to serve his country. Those dreams end when his plane gets shot down over enemy territory and he's imprisoned by Nazi scientists experimenting on POWs. Roger quickly learns his part in the Methuselah
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Maureen Timerman
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of sci-fi, but the concept of this book intrigued me, and I am so glad that I read it. The book starts with all kind of war action, and as the blip in the back of the book explains, our hero Roger Greene is shot down. He has a remarkable survival rate even before the atrocious actions of the Nazis, the amazing way he lands his disabled plane, and then the lock up.
I can’t imagine being in a cell, no matter how nice for seventy years, no way, but he found a way to survive and keep
Haley S
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
What do you think I said when I saw the synopsis of this book? “Wow! This looks like a super interesting book! I am so going to read this.” Well, I didn’t say those exact words, but it was something like that.

I am very, very sorry to say that I didn’t not enjoy this book at all. Sure, the story line was cool. BUT, the guy didn’t mean the girl until like…chapter 36 and there were only 46 (again, I am guessing) chapters! I don’t mind books without love stories. Some of my favorite books don’t have
Callie Domingues
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

I cheered. I cried. And I had more moments of "oh no!" than I
Sarah Ruut
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
What if, during WWII, Nazi scientists conducted an experiment that was somehow secretly continued long after the war? What if, in modern times, the project was nearly uncovered? How would those involved (both then and now) react to what they discover?

The Methuselah Project is an intriguing tale of just such a scenario. I don’t read a lot of science-fiction, but I really enjoyed this hypothetical story. With likable characters and evil at play, I found myself pausing occasionally to imagine
Marissa Shrock
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Methuselah Project is fast paced and full of intrigue; there’s also a thread of romance. I found myself agonizing over the main character’s plight. Plus I enjoyed that this book has history, suspense, and even a touch of science fiction. I couldn’t put the book down, so I highly recommend this novel.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adults, fiction
The Methuselah Project was an enjoyably unique read and I wouldn’t object to seeing what else the 21st century holds for Roger Greene and Katherine Mueller. - Jen, Pages

Reserve a library copy.
Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Captain Roger Greene is an American fighter pilot during WWII. In 1943, his plane is shot down in Nazi Germany. Roger is captured and becomes a POW, but the “camp” he’s sent to is not the usual Nazi prison. He is experimented on by a mad scientist, who somehow manages to change Roger’s body so that he doesn’t age normally. Imprisoned for almost 100 years, Roger doesn’t look a day over 24. Finally managing to escape with the help of an unlikely friend, he makes it to the US only to discover that ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, 2015
* 2.5/5 stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaways

The Methusaleh Project by Rick Barry is told in two alternating perspectives- first, Roger Greene is an American WWII pilot turned prisoner when his plane is shot down over Nazi Germany. His chapters revolve around his decades in captivity, and the dangers he faces upon release. Second, Katherine Mueller is a present day American freelance editor based in Georgia. Her chapters revolve around the
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
World War II and the present day collide in an intriguing way in this new novel by Rick Barry. Our story opens in 1943, when fighter pilot Roger Greene is shot down while flying a mission over Germany. Against his will, Roger becomes part of a Nazi scientific experiment - an experiment that leaves his body functioning at a higher rate than ever seen before. With his cells able to rapidly regenerate, Roger stops aging and is a medical marvel. Even as the doctors overseeing the project grow old ...more
Meghan Carver
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry is a dual time-period book, with part beginning in 1943 and part in the current day. WWII pilot Roger Greene is shot down over Nazi Germany and, as a prisoner of war, is forced to undergo a strange and unique medical test called the Methuselah Project. Captive for seventy years, when he does manage to escape, he still appears as youthful as the day of his capture. Obviously, the world has changed greatly in those seventy years, and Roger has a lot of catching ...more
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Rick Barry is the author of The Methuselah Project, Gunner's Run, Kiriath's Quest, plus over 200 published articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a World War II buff, he has visited Eastern Europe over 50 times in connection with Christian ministries. He holds a degree in foreign languages and speaks Russian. Visit Rick at his website,, or at ...more