In the early 2000s in a top secret facility located deep beneath Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, years of research on time travel technology by the United States military finally comes together. But the initial excitement soon wanes when a startling reality surfaces and captures a moral dilemma. Suddenly, everyone is speculating what will happen if they start changi
ng history. As the team, led by United States Army Colonel Barton Stauffer, begins testing the new time technology using the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg as an experimental test bed, they focus on placing a defensive temporal capability in position before other global powers can develop time travel capabilities of their own.
But harnessing time proves challenging, and Stauffer's team soon discovers that their temporal technology controls are inadequate and their trial experiments are producing unpredictable results. As powerful temporal energies are mistakenly unleashed, unwitting civilians and military personnel are bounced around in time, changing the past and irrevocably altering the present.
Stauffer soon realizes his team is doing much more than just observing battlefields through observation portals—they possess the awesome power to reset history for all humankind. All it takes is a flip of a switch to return to the beginning and halt the project. Now Stauffer must decide which is more important—leaving the past as it was or saving the future.
In this second novel in the trilogy, the story continues in a top secret research facility buried deep beneath Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where a Department of Defense black project has developed a temporal observation and time travel capability. Its primary purpose is to set up a defensive posture and interdiction capability against a potential hostile power that could also develop time travel and use it against the United States. But, as the technology matures, Colonel Barton Stauffer is tasked to break off from the original mission and lead an elite team on a parallel tasking to pursue a history quest, to recover lost knowledge about man’s past.
Our understanding of the history of mankind is full of holes, gaps, and distortions. Some of the most important elements of the human experience have been excised from history. Legions of conquerors have destroyed the records of conquered peoples and rewritten history to their own liking and advantage. The team’s fundamental purpose is to explore the past and develop an undistorted understanding of human history as it really occurred. But, in carrying out the mission, Stauffer’s team discovers that what lies hidden in the past is sometimes best left unexamined. A gut-wrenching dilemma unfolds as the team tries to balance the noble purposes of their history quest with the painful realization of mankind’s past inhumanity to man.
The Ancients is the third book in the Barton Stauffer time travel trilogy, which began with Gettysburg Revisited and History Quest , bringing to a dramatic conclusion the saga of mankind’s exploration of the past using temporal technology. Barton Stauffer has now been assigned to lead an special team of time travelers to survey the ancient prehistoric past stretching into Antediluvian times.
Without any written records that have survived into our own day, our understanding of this time period is based entirely on conjecture, flavored by legend, mythology, oral history, and misunderstood archaeological activity. The challenge of using temporal technology to explore our prehistoric past is that the history of mankind is inextricably intertwined with our religious experience and tradition. What lies hidden or lost in the prehistoric past shrouds the truth about man’s ancient origins, but extensive cities, built of intricately carved monolithic stones, provide evidence of early, extraordinarily advanced technologies.
As Stauffer leads his team in search of evidence for the great Flood and the legendary Hall of Records, the danger of the mission is exacerbated by hostile forces trying to obliterate all evidence of mankind’s ancient past.
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