Charlie Stucliffe's world is collapsing around him, helpless to alter the momentum of events. When his wife, Karen, discovers the nineteenth century handwritten Alaskan Gold Rush journal of Absalom Sutcliffe, Charlie’s great-great-grandfather, prospects begin to look up for a family in debt due to their seven-year-old daughter’s medical treatments. This journal details a course leading to Absalom’s hidden gold.
Charlie and his best friend, George, embark on a journey toward the Northern Wilderness to locate and retrieve Absalom’s gold, but as they follow their prospect’s same century-old gilded path, what they don’t expect is someone else is seeking the same riches. Along the way, Charlie discovers something even more valuable than gold.
Philip P. Thurman lives and writes in Lake Mary, Florida, with his wife, Donna, and three children, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Paul. He has written several books, but The Gilded Prospect is his first published novel. His personal and professional life has brought extensive domestic travel, international journeys in Europe and Central America, and childhood in the Alaskan and Canadian forests. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing with a particular appreciation of North America's remaining wilderness. An English major and graduate of Stetson University, he is employed as a manufacturing quality assurance executive.