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Cast in Time Book 1: Baron

by Ed & Carol Nelson

Published: 2023-04-10. 62,025 Words.

ISBN: 978-1-953395-50-4

Categories: Fiction » Alternative History

Format: EPUB

Content Rating: All Ages

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!

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A totally engrossing piece of work

Reviewed it on June 3, 2023

With the exception of a (Very) few errors in word usage, this is a totally engrossing and captivating piece of work. The saying “Right Man, Right place, Right Time” is fully demonstrated here. The focus on people power in this sort of historical context easily shows how a country can grow from a feudal state to an industrialized nation by the efforts of a single person. I totally look forward to book 2.

A good ending

Reviewed it on June 2, 2023

well thought out story


Don't need rebar in UK

Reviewed it on June 1, 2023

Looking forward to book 2
Only one small criticism.
In the UK the geology is stable
so rebar not used in most homes even today.

Great alternate timeline do-over romp

Reviewed it on May 25, 2023

I have read everything Ed has written because each work is well thought out, the characters are engaging and the story backdrops are interesting. This book follows true to form!



Reviewed it on May 13, 2023

Well done!


Well though out and written.

Reviewed it on May 12, 2023

I enjoyed the logical, if fantastic, progression of the plot. It kept my interest enough to buy the completed book. I look forward to Book 2.


Reviewed it on May 8, 2023

Engaging and well written, Cast in Time resonated with this reader.


Absolutely Fantastic

Reviewed it on May 4, 2023

It was awesome.


Cast in Time Book 1

Reviewed it on May 1, 2023

It was a fast paced story that I enjoyed very much! Like other stories out in the world it has similar ideas revisited! I'm looking forward to future books!

An interesting time travel/do over story

Reviewed it on April 20, 2023

I liked the scientific/engineering details, as well as the flow of the story. Too many self-published authors throw in a mountain of minutiae that doesn't advance the story. Not here. Also happy not to see gratuitous sex scenes. Looking forward to book 2



Reviewed it on April 15, 2023

It would have been interesting to see how James handled the baroness had she lived.


Great historical fantasy

Reviewed it on April 11, 2023

Enjoyable read looking forward to the next book


Ed Nelson at his historical best

Reviewed it on April 11, 2023

If you liked his style in his previous works, you will be happy to hear that this novel has it in spades.

Cast in Time is a well researched historical novel with an all around nice older guy as MC. He has been cast to Cornwall in the second part of the 8th century and turned from an old geezer to a young guy.

Looking forward to book 2


I'm looking forward to band 2

Reviewed it on April 11, 2023

Good story, sometimes a little too smooth. The protagonist succeeds in everything. But it's fun to follow his ideas and solutions. A likeable character and an interesting setting.


Learn to spell calorie please.

Reviewed it on June 2, 2023

Good story, I am looking forward to part 2.


Little knowledge of the era to unlearn.

Reviewed it on May 20, 2023

Very good. The description of size of towns and “ Baronies” gives an entirely different idea of the time vs the written history and movies.

Can not wait for book two.



Nice paced and easy reading

Reviewed it on May 19, 2023

Good fantasy without being too outlandish


A good story, well written

Reviewed it on May 19, 2023

Loved the story and well written. I do find the American spelling in an English situation a bit hard to take. Keep going with the story.

Cheers, rocket169


Good Start to a promising series

Reviewed it on May 19, 2023

A nice start to a re-write of time in the British Isles. A perfect candidate to kick-start the modern era is sent back in time to do good. Waiting for the next volume will try my patience.


New perspective on an old premise, ala Connecticut Yankee.

Reviewed it on April 29, 2023



Sent back in time to Post Roman Britain.

Reviewed it on April 12, 2023

The author has developed this story well and has the consepts of various industries, from farming via mining to steel making, well thought out. This book covers just the first few years of the heroes life in the past. The plot progresses well and discusses his stumbling blocks as well as his sucesses. I feel however that the prose is rather stilted in places. However this can be easily sorted as I understand this is a pre publication version. Well worth buying and I eagerly await the next volume. jh