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

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.

His love of Engineering has him taking university courses his entire life. When his health falters, and he can no longer continue his education, MIT awards him an honorary Ph.D. in Professional Studenting.

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!

Cast in Time: Book 1: Baron

Chapter 1 (partial)

I was born James Douglas Fletcher on May 28, 1918, in Logan County, Ohio, to Paul Douglas Fletcher Junior and Janet Elizabeth Fletcher nee Rupert. Math never worked out for the marriage and birth dates, but there was a war.

I was an only child. Complications in childbirth prevented any other children. Growing up on a small farm in Ohio gave me a taste of hard work and learning to be responsible for my actions. It took several painful trips to the woodshed, but by the time I was fourteen, I understood.

I still don't think it was my fault the explosion was that large when I lit off the methane gas in the pile of cow manure.

Not that I didn't do rebellious things. I just didn't get caught. I smoked an entire cigarette before deciding the taste was terrible and wanted no part of it. When I inhaled deeply, the smoke would tear my lungs apart.

If that were what it took to look older and more worldly, I would be happy to look young and naïve.

Beer was a different story. I loved the taste of it. I also quickly learned the price to be paid for drinking too much. Savoring the taste was better than chugging a bottle and having a hangover. One hangover was enough.

By the time I was sixteen, I had learned my way around a bra strap and other things. But the great mystery of life still evaded me.

My father, Paul, had served in the Great War and returned home a Major. While doing well in the Army, he had no desire to make it a career. Any career would have been limited because he was an ROTC callup.

Still, he had fond memories of the Army, at least when he wasn't in the trenches. Those times weren't talked about.

My grandfather Paul Douglas Fletcher Senior, had been with Colonel Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on Kettle Hill. That day was his only real battle in the war, and he would recount the events at the drop of a hat. I could recite the story along with him.

All in all, the experiences of my father and grandfather left me with a desire to be in the Army. I told my parents of my wish when I was in the ninth grade.

Dad told me if I was going to be in the Army, it was best to be an officer. To achieve that, I should go to West Point. To attend West Point, I needed good grades, participation in extracurricular activities, and political backing.

Later I learned my parents, in private conversation, thought this was a phase and that I would never meet all those goals.

In High School, I demonstrated a strength of character that I held for my entire life.

I went out for football and track and field, making both teams. Making the teams wasn't that impressive, considering the size of my rural high school.

I also joined the Chess Club because I truly loved to play, though I never got beyond expert ranking.

Cast in Time: Book 1: Baron

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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Nation Building at its Finest Ed has done his homework. It’s hard to get a book like this right. He’s done a great job of it and added some action to liven things up. I’m sure I’ll borrow some of his ideas in a future book.

5 star book review

Greg1415

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I like it Full on captivating story hooked me in from the beginning kinda a mix of ring of fire by Eric flint and the Camille chronicles by jack whyte

5 star book review

Patricia grimes

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Really, really good! I really enjoyed this book. I mean, who doesn't enjoy time travel books. This had a twist more along the lines of reincarnation. A ninety year something old retired soldier ends up in the body of a 25 year old Baron back to AD 750 or so.

5 star book review

Linda Brown

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Another Good One From the author who gave us the 16 volumn Richard Jackson Saga, we have the first book of a new series. This one is set in 717 A D Cornwall and has a young Baron with the memories of a three-star general with a number of PhD's who was head of US Army Corps of Engineers. How he uses modern scientific know how to improve the lives of his subjects is fascinating.

5 star book review

Jim

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Highly enjoyable Highly enjoyable. MC is no nonsense and made smart decisions, a rare enough occurrence in recent books that it is noteworthy. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

5 star book review

ASH

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Books

Other Books by Ed Nelson

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

Cast in Time

The Baron

Book cover for Cast in Time - Baron of Middle Counties

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.