Rick learns that being sent down from Oxford is not the end of the world. It is also reaffirmed that broken arms and bullet wound hurt. An alternate history novel.

The untimely death of Chairman Mao

With humor, we follow a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950s. Starting in the summer before his freshman year this series follows the young man through his high school life and beyond. He finds that fame and fortune cannot protect him from everything.

This tongue in cheek saga is all true, give or take a lie or two.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 11: Interesting Times

Chapter 1 (partial)

On Tuesday, January 2nd, I flew back to London on my jet. Nina was staying an extra week with her parents. Her school wasn't back in session until the following Monday. It is just as well; things had been heating up with us, and I don't know what would have happened with the two of us alone for many hours and a bed right there.

We both agreed that is where we wanted to go, but that it was too soon, we had some living to do before we settled down. Neither of us was the type to casually have sex. By our upbringing, it would result in a lifelong commitment.

I had picked up copies of the LA Times and Variety to read on the flight.

I found it interesting that the US Navy created a group called Seals, formed from World War 2 groups known as the Scouts and Raiders. There would be two teams. There was Seal Team 1 stationed in the Pacific and Team 2 on the Atlantic.

The article told how they traced their origins to the Scouts and Raiders, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services, Operational Swimmers, Underwater Demolition Teams, and Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons of World War II. It seemed to me like they were just rearranging deck chairs.

In Variety, I learned that the Beatles auditioned with Decca Records, and they were turned down. I think someone at Decca will live to regret that decision. I also read of the NBC Laramie peacock, which had debuted last night. It was used to highlight their shows in color. The black-and-white programs were disappearing.

Dad had bought two color sets for Jackson House. One for the entertainment room and one for his and mum's bedroom. How decadent!

I had a good night's sleep flying over the North Pole. They called it the polar route; I don't know how close we had got. I didn't care enough to go up front and ask.

When I first obtained this aircraft, I had all sorts of intentions of riding upfront and getting hours in. Somehow that wasn't happening. I needed to decide and stick to it.

We landed in Oxford, where the plane was based, but I immediately went over to flight operations and filed a flight plan to London in my Cessna.

It was early morning here, and I had a noon lunch meeting with Mr. Norman about my Queen's Messenger Duties. I would be staying in London overnight. No rest for the wicked.

Harold had packed me an overnight bag, and I had plenty of clothes at the Plaza. It is a wonder he didn't have a full wardrobe there. I wasn't going to mention it. I could afford it, but it seemed silly.

Lunch was those little watercress sandwiches with the crust trimmed off that I hate. I would have to get a snack to tide me over until dinner.

Some ham or beef on them would have helped, and maybe a slice of cheese with a little mustard and lose the watercress and keep the crust.

I didn't say anything as he seemed to enjoy them. You can pick up a lot of bad habits over time.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 11: Interesting Times

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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Richard Jackson Saga #11 Great Read! As always Richard (Ricky) goes above and beyond helping countries survive political changes. Saves his company from being taken over by big banks and unscrupulous individuals. Wins golf tournaments in his spare time. Great, Fun Read!!!

5 star book review

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This fantasy series is a fun read If this was a true story we would be a happy world with no Vietnam War! Looking ahead to the next book I assume that the our hero will clear up the problems arising out of radicalized Islam and Putins Russia. It is a fun read so far...

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PBK

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One of the best series out there! This is one of those series where when the author releases a new book, you descend on it like a pack of starving dogs. My only complaint would be that there's not a new book released every day!

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

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Another enjoyable chapter in the Richard Jackson Saga Ed Nelson did it again: Wrote a book that I couldn’t put down until finished. The author let his imagination fly and kept us entertained. Looking forward to his next book.

5 star book review

Anonymous

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Interesting times indeed I am a huge fan of this series and of this authors work. He knows how to spin a good story that makes you laugh as well as think.

5 star book review

Robert M. Cushing

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Cast in Time

The Baron

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Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

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Cast in Time

Count

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Cast in Time

Earl

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

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The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

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The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Third Time is a Charm

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Cold War

The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Escape from Siberia

The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

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The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Lunar Kingdom

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The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

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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.