The WILTON’S GOLD trilogy is a time travel series by author Craig W. Turner.
Discovering time travel ended up being the easy part. Unfortunately, along the way Dr. Jeff Jacobs also discovered how expensive time travel research can be. But he’s developed a unique scheme to fund his experiments: pinpoint specific moments in history where there is “reliable” documentation of vulnerable treasure and take it. His first target is gold rusher Joe Wilton, whose historically-preserved diary details his loss of 60 gold bars during an ambush in 1849 California.
When Jeff returns from a successful mission, he and his team get lots of attention for their “historical” find. He meets Dr. Erica Danforth, a well-known historian with an obsessive passion for the Wilton heist. She has doubts about how gold lost for over a century-and-a-half has mysteriously reappeared and despises him when she learns the truth. But when a member of his team is marooned in Colonial Philadelphia on a subsequent mission, Erica is the only person Jeff can turn to for help.
The FBI has found Dr. Jeff Jacobs’ time travel device in California’s Sierra Nevadas. Only, he has no idea how it got there. Because of his work in time travel research, though, Jeff is introduced to a mysterious woman claiming to be a time traveler originating in another reality. Her story is compelling: she’d gone back to 1983 to assassinate a particularly dangerous officer in the Soviet military, a mission that had ultimately changed the world as she knew it. Now, based on time travel theories that have yet to be tested – and may or may not be accurate – Jeff is shanghaied into helping to make permanent the history-changing events that had taken place over thirty years before.
Jeff is willing to help the cause, but only to regain control of his research and understand how his device ended up in California. With a gun to his head more often than not, Jeff comes face-to-face with the dangers of changing history and a humbling understanding that his reality just might not be the original one.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs has returned from Russia an American hero, albeit three years into the future beyond his own time. To his surprise, his reception is less than celebratory. In fact, he learns not only that is he the sole person on the planet who knows what he’s accomplished, but that the government has somehow adopted his technology to create the U.S. Time Program, a time travel tourism toy for the super-wealthy. And for the first time, a USTP mission has gone wrong and the program leaders need Jeff’s expertise to fix it.
As Jeff remains steadfast in his plans to learn how his time device ended up in California, the dangers of time travel become more and more apparent. His worst fears are realized and he must navigate a perilous road of deception, mistrust and a reality that could change around everyone without anyone knowing it was happening.