The eighth book, ‘Oxford University,’ has Rick transitioning from being a tenth-grade high school student to entering Oxford University as an underclassman.

Coming of age stories don’t have to be all teenage angst, they can be fun-filled adventures. With humor, we follow a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950s. Starting in the summer before his freshman year it follows him through high school and beyond. He finds wealth as an inventor and fame in Hollywood as he searches for a girlfriend. Wealth and fame prove far easier than girls.

Fame, adventure, and even some danger keep coming his way as he moves to Oxford England to enter Trinity College at Oxford University. He is back and forth across the Atlantic as he takes his exams, and prepares for the US Open. Somehow his courtesy job as a Queen’s Messenger lands him in the Royal Air Force as a flight officer. How this ends up involving a French Actress and the Mona Lisa remains to be seen.

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

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 8: Oxford University

Chapter 1 (partial)

I had just barely finished breakfast Monday when I had a phone call from Mr. Monroe. They had some footage from my reveal as Lew Wetzel that he thought it important that I review. Not having anything scheduled, I told him I would be there within the hour.

In the small theater, they played daily rushes for me. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They had made me up to look scary dark. It was more than that. It was downright diabolical. The brief look I gave the camera made me look like evil personified.

"Rick, for the movie, it works great. For your image, I don't know. Can you live with this?"

"I'm not certain. My team and I had talked about me having a goody-two-shoes image. This would certainly take care of that."

"Who is your team?"

"My parents, Susan Wallace, Sharon Bronson, and Anna Romanov, are the core. My brothers and sister also have input."

"That's a good group. Why don't we have them all over to review this footage? It could have an impact on your career. Assuming you make more movies. It will open up a wide range of options for you."

"I doubt that I could get everyone together in the next couple of days. Could we schedule a showing this Friday?"

"We can wait that long. Why don't I host a lunch, and then we view it after that?"

"Thank you, Mr. Monroe, that sounds good. I will make the arrangements."

"In your travel plans, remember the telethon at the end of the month."

"I will be back from England before that, so no problem."

"Okay, see you Friday for lunch."

I returned home and got on the phone calling everyone I had mentioned. Sharon Bronson was the only one who had a prior commitment, and she was going to try to change that. I couldn't talk to my family until dinner time, but I was certain they would be available. Well, I hoped they would.

After that, I spent time reading one of the five English history books I had bought. I doubted that my American history courses would do much for me on the English exams. I wouldn't be able to go in-depth, but at least have some idea of what had happened, if not the nuances.

I did get a phone call in the middle of the afternoon. A patent search on my beer can pull tab had come up clean, so I had to have prototypes built and tested. I called the engineering firm that Dad had recommended. They had built the tooling needed to cut the various depths of metal and would be making test lids on Wednesday, and I was welcome to come in and see them.

Knowing the test lids would be available, I called Mexicali Delight Brewery and talked to their General Manager. He was intrigued by my idea and agreed to use my lids at the end of the day's run Wednesday. I then called Warren Smith the Engineer, back and let him know about the filing and invited him along. He was all for it. It turns out that he liked the idea, and Mexicali Delight was his beer of choice, so it was a win-win for him.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 8: Oxford University

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.

Amazon Reviews

What readers are saying about this book

Great Series This story of a young man who is trying to balance his acting, business, and school was a very interesting entertaining fast paced action packed read.

5 star book review

Goody

Amazon Review

Exciting and educational Another saga of Richard Jackson going to college at Oxford University in England. His life story keeps on unfolding, This time he also wins the prestigious U S Open Tournament as an amateur golfer. What a life for a teenager. Looking forward to his next adventures.

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

Amazon Review

Series Still Got Legs A solid entry into this addictive series about the exploits of young phenom Richard Jackson. I enjoyed all aspects of the story and I cannot wait for the next edition. The use of historical figures is great fun and I for one would love to see Richard continue his Hollywood career.

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

Amazon Review

Great series! I have read each of these books. The author's ability to weave fact in with the fiction makes them a very enjoyable read. I just wish he would write faster so I could get to the next book.

5 star book review

Kindle Customer in SC

Amazon Review

Impossible feats galore! A typical Jackson saga where our hero is inserted into major news stories. What makes it superb is his bungling through historical events. It is a chance to relive the Mid Century Modern era with Clark Kent at 16. SuperTeen!

5 star book review

Reality Check

Amazon Review

Available on Amazon

You can purchase this book and all of Ed Nelsons book series on Amazon.

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

Book cover for Cast in Time - Baron of Middle Counties

Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

Book cover for Cast in Time - Count

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.