He 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.

In the early 1960s, Rick has to start paying attention to his businesses.Starting with a challenge from an Oxford Don’s challenge and ending with a serious look at his business empire he finds that he has to be involved. If he doesn’t pay attention millions of people could starve due to 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 10: Taking Care of Business

Chapter 1 (partial)

After the Holidays I flew back to England to start my new term at Oxford. The first thing waiting for me at the mail table sitting in The Meadows entrance was a stack of telegrams.

Every one of them was from my brothers and sister. Each telegram reminded me that I was seventeen years old. During my birthday celebrations, I made the mistake of saying I was eighteen.

Why I made that mistake, I don't know, but my wonderful siblings weren't going to let me forget it. Something about not being as perfect as I thought I was.

Maybe I was getting forgetful at my advanced age. Who knew? I might forget to buy them Christmas presents next year.

Speaking of Christmas, when arriving at The Meadows, it was Christmas all over again. Nothing big, but Grand Mum had knitted me a sweater.

It was dark blue with the Oxford logo in grey. The logo was offset on my left side. It was really neat looking.

I had bought her a one-hundred-pound gift certificate from Harrods. I know I should have picked out a real gift, but I had no idea what to get a lady of her age.

She seemed very happy with it. To her, she would be getting her shopping for free!

I also had Mr. Hamilton purchase cufflinks for the male staff and a brooch for the females. I gave him a matching tie clasp and cuff links from Tiffany's in New York.

Having staff all over the world was very convenient for running errands. The staff chipped in and gave me a new set of riding clothes. I thought that strange as I didn't have a horse in England. That is until I was handed a card from Mum and Dad.

A riding horse was waiting for me at a local stable. They had purchased it, and it would be kept there as we couldn't justify supporting a stable at The Meadows.

I was glad to see that while money was no object, the family was still mindful of spending.

My first class at Oxford was part of a business course. I had given up on a formal program leading to a specific degree. Instead, I was taking those courses that would help me in general and sounded interesting.

This business course was part of the MBA program. I thought I would have an easy A, but that I would learn a few things along the way.

I had a rude surprise about the easy A.

The Don introduced himself and then told us the course requirements. Besides the normal reading requirements, there was a live business case study.

The course was run over two terms, so we would have six months to complete the case study. We had to start a business and make a profit. Our grades would depend on the gross profit made.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 10: Taking Care of Business

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

Read these books you will enjoy I really enjoyed the series,just finished book 10,the writing was fairly seamless I enjoyed the cultural references,even though I did not recognize all of them I have recommended the series to a number of friends. I am looking forward to keeping up with the adventures of Rick in the future. In the meantime I will be re reading the series as I enjoyed them so much.

5 star book review

Bob

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Great Read. What a business. Rick just keeps growing,in stature and wealth. He is maturing and still having fun, what a kid. This was a more serious side concerning his huge business adventures. Looking forward to what comes next for Sir Richard.

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

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Ricky Business Another finely woven episode of this saga, by our master weaver. Richard Jackson ... is starting to realize his adulthood and it’s ramifications.

5 star book review

Jim Coburn

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Wonderful Series This series will have you turning the pages so quickly that you won't even realize you are done! Leaves you wanting more!

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

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What a circus...What a ride! This one of the best series I’ve read. Very fun, full of humor. (You never know who he’ll meet) You’ll love the ride!

5 star book review

Joe Richards

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Other Books by Ed Nelson

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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

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Star to Deckhand

The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

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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

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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

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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.