A retired Lieutenant General, former head of the Army Corp of Engineers, lies dying at the age of ninety-two. Leading a full life, he is a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam.

An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D. He awakens in the body of a young Baron.

After a long illness, he lies dying. His last thought is, “What a waste of such wonderful knowledge.”

As he fades to black, the fun begins. He is to build a modern civilization without being burned as a witch!

The series continues with the Barony of Owen-nap being attacked from all sides.

Cast in Time Book 2: Baron of the Middle Counties

Chapter 1 (partial)

Now that I had conquered Pirthtowan and Wadebridge, I had to integrate them into my Barony. I hadn't wanted to go to war with them, but they tried to assassinate me, so I had no choice.

Their failed attempt resulted in the death of the Dowager Countess Wendon and her son, the only male heir to the Barony. I had grown fond of them and had a good relationship with her father, John Chandler.

John, a ship's Chandler in Saltash, was also a friend and business partner. I couldn't leave their deaths unanswered. There was also the fact that once they had tried and failed, they had no choice but to continue.

But they only had to get lucky once. I had to win successfully against every attempt. So I set out with my war party the next morning.

I would like to report that we won a series of hard-fought battles. The fact of the matter was we rolled them up easily. My introduction of a stronger crossbow was the deciding factor.

Thad, my assistant scribe, attended to me as usual. He had accompanied me enough to know what was needed.

It would take weeks to give the locals an understanding of the changes that would be made. Followed by months of work to implement the changes.

The first step was to send the headmen of Pirthtowan and Wadebridge to Own-nap to see for themselves what we had accomplished. They would be our best salesmen.

Food was already on its way. It may have been hubris, but I was so certain of victory that I had a food train formed and set out before the battles occurred. Once there were full bellies, people would be prone to listen.

Then our head medical person Agnes would arrive with her contingent of nurses. They would start educating the local midwives. They would be our staunchest supporters once they saw how infant death rates could be reduced.

As these events were transpiring, I spent some time thinking about how all this got started. I was born over a thousand years in the future as James Fletcher. I lived a good life.

Most of it was spent in the military, where I fought in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam. I was a combat engineer who forgot to duck occasionally and made things happen under fire.

Cast in Time Book 2: Baron of the Middle Counties

Cast in Time Book 5 available March 1st!


Earl of Marches

An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D. He awakens in the body of a young Baron. James Fletcher, now the Count of Cornwall, is facing new adversaries in the Franks.

They try to assassinate him and his family, precipitating a full-out war. In the meantime, advancements were made in steam engines, cannons, ships, and electricity. Continue you on with this wild ride through the eighth century.

Earl E. (Ed) Nelson

I have always wanted to be an author. I had my first rejection slip in about 1965. Wish I had saved it. For many years the only writing I did was technical as pesky things like three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren came along.

My technical writing was in the field of quality in several different journals. I worked in the field of quality for over fifty years, starting as a line inspector and ending up as a Vice-President of Quality and elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality.

Then a wonderful thing happened. I lost my job and was out of work for almost eight months. To keep from going crazy I wrote. I posted my stories on an online site, and lo and behold people read them and said nice things. Fast forward about eight years and I am retired and writing for the fun of it.

A lot of what is in my stories is based on my life experiences, gasp! Give or take a lie or two that is. The one fortunate thing in my career is that I got to travel worldwide and have been to most of the locations I write about.

In my younger days, I tried hot air ballooning, sky diving, white water rafting, spelunking, and target shooting. I have collected stamps, drove in road rallies, lowly rated by the US Chess federation. I built a Kentucky long rifle and a dueling pistol. I am a licensed HAM radio operator. My hobby is having hobbies.

My true passion is reading. Trapped in a hotel room I would read the telephone book. The TV would not be turned on. I have averaged 200 books a year for the last sixty years. I knew those long flights were good for something.

BTW I was born in the middle of an air raid in England during World War II, the house next door was destroyed and our windows were blown out. That is probably the most interesting thing I have been involved with. Mum never forgave me. Happily married for 56 years I hope my wife doesn’t catch on to what a goof I am.

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Great book I started reading this book book 1 on another site but I'm so happy to see it here on the Kindle and see the author actually getting money for it the theory of course going back in time with the knowledge you have and doing stuff is always fun...

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Kivell

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Wow the things I didn't know! This is a fast paced book and I was really hooked on it. So needless to say I couldn't put it down and read it in one day! A must read and I can't wait to read the next in the series.

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gcatalina

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Excellent Story This story of a retired engineer general waking up in a twenty something Baron around 500 ad was fantastic. He improves his people’s lives and makes some money, and then his neighbors decide to invade him. Pretty sure he’ll be forced to conquer England.

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Goody

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Second book as good as the first! If you enjoyed reading the series “Tom” you will love this series. Great characters, believable world. Tension mixed with humorous events.. fast , fun read.

5 star book review

LVtaTeach

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I could read 100 books like this. Loved book 1 and book 2 was even better. Can't wait for book three. Will check other books by this amazing author.

5 star book review

Raquel Reyes

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Books

Other Books by Ed Nelson

  • All
  • Richard Jackson Saga
  • Cast in Time
  • Other
Book cover for Cast in Time - The Baron

Cast in Time

The Baron

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Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

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Cast in Time

Count

Book cover for Cast in Time - Earl

Cast in Time

Earl

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - The Beginning

The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - School Days

The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Hollywood

The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - In the Movies

The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Star to Deckhand

The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Surfing Dude

The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Third Time is a Charm

The Richard Jackson Saga

Third Time is a Charm

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Oxford University

The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Cold War

The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Taking Care of Business

The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Interesting Times

The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Escape from Siberia

The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Regicide

The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - What’s Under? Down Under.

The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - The Lunar Kingdom

The Richard Jackson Saga

The Lunar Kingdom

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - First Steps

The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

Book cover for Ever and Always

Ever and Always

Immortality and the Apocalypse

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson

  • I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.

  • I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.

  • Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.

  • I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.

  • Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.

  • Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.

  • My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.

  • I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.