William Nikkel is the author of the Jack Ferrell action adventure thriller series, and the Max Traver steampunk horror series featuring cowboys and zombies. While the second series includes only two books, the author’s first and main Jack Ferrell series has been constantly updated with new released books.
Here are the William Nikkel books in order for the author’s two main series.
Jack Ferrell Series in Order
- Glimmer of Gold (Jack Ferrell #1), 2012
- Night Marchers (Jack Ferrell #2), 2012
- Cave Dweller (Jack Ferrell #3), 2014
- Murrieta Gold (Jack Ferrell #4), 2014
- Blood Gold (Jack Ferrell #5), 2014
- Shipwreck (Jack Ferrell #6), 2016
- Tibetan Gold (Jack Ferrell #6.5), 2016
- Sailor Take Warning (Jack Ferrell #7), 2017
- Sea of Heartbreak (Jack Ferrell #8), 2018
Max Traver Series in Order
William Nikkel Biography
William Nikkel was born and grew up in Bakersfield, California. During his childhood, in the 1950-1960s, he spent most of his time playing outdoors, since this was a time before the electronic gadgets the youth of today is spending its time with.
He often immersed in dreams of becoming an artist, a dream that he kept all the way until he attended college. This is when he decided to become a policeman, a job which he started with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.
He was a deputy sheriff, which gave him great insight into fighting crime on the streets of Bakersfield. Next, he became a detective, where he got special assignments with the SWAT department and also became a senior homicide investigator.
Sadly, an injury put a stop to his law-enforcement career, so William Nikkel decided to back to his earlier passion, art. He became a wildlife artist, and after a while, he found a love for writing.
As he didn’t have formal training in writing, he had to learn everything by himself. When he attended the Maui Writers Conference in 2002, he met accomplished authors like James Rollins, David Morrell, Tess Gerritsen, and Gary Braver, all who taught him enough of the art and craft of writing to give him confidence in himself and pushing him to start writing in earnest.
William also attended every Thrillerfest he could go to, all which helped him part of his support and inspiration of becoming an author.
In 2001 William Nikkel and his wife, Karen, moved to Maui in Hawaii. This move sparked his interest in writing a first novel that was inspired by the islands mysterious legends and its myths. The first book, Glimmer of Gold, features Jack Ferrell, a marine biologist who loved the ocean.
Reading the William Nickel books in order will give adventure novel readers plenty of joy, since Jack Ferrell is quite the character.
Jack does have some things in common to the author of the books, since both love the ocean, and both love to dive under water, and both are based in Hawaii.
All Jack Ferrell books have a connection with a lost treasure and with a treasure hunt which often reminds readers of the Dirk Pitt books. In an interview, the author did mention that he was influenced by Clive Cussler’s early books when he first started out writing. This is one reason William decided to write action-adventure stories as well.
William Nikkel is spending his time between his home in Hawaii and his brother’s home in northern California. He is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector, an artist, and an accomplished thriller author. With writing his stories, he wanted to take his readers on adventures to places that people usually wouldn’t be able to get to, searching for treasures, chasing legends, and finding interesting places.
After a hard day of writing, the author likes sitting on a chair, looking at the ocean, with his drink in his hands.
The William Nikkel books are all selfpublished, released with the help of Suspense Publishing.
Praise for William Nikkel
William Nikkel definitely knows how to kick butt and take names. He’s a gifted storyteller. (Steve Berry)
Nikkel seems to be channeling his inner Don Winslow in crafting a book that is equal parts Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, and John D. McDonald. Travis Magee has nothing on Jack Ferrell and Nikkel is every bit the equal of the genre greats ‘Sailor Take Warning’ emulates. (John Land)
William Nikkel’s ‘Cave Dweller’ has everything I love: ripping adventure, buried mysteries, and intrigue that spans centuries. Written in a fantastic cinematic style, I read this book in one sitting. Great story, great adventure, great new writer! (James Rollins)
I must say that William Nikkel knows how to draw you into his story and hold you there. (Gary Braver)
Nikkel’s solid character development and strong storyline keep the book moving at a fast clip. His law enforcement background in patrol, SWAT and homicide add grit to his tales. (Michael Russo)