books and novels by outstanding independent self-published author Nathaniel Wyckoff

Author Nathaniel Wyckoff, Adventure Novels

Nathaniel Wyckoff writes both Historical and Young Adult/Middle Grade adventures that really invest the reader in the stories' stakes. You will find yourself enmeshed, your emotions engaged. I found myself loathe to put A Time for Vengeance down when chores called, much to the consternation of the barn gang. Then I read one of the so-called Middle Grade stories, and it was absolutely engaging and fun! You'll be glad to add Nathaniel Wyckoff to your 'follow list' of authors!

—D. L. Keur

Nathaniel Wyckoff, outstanding independent, self-published author

Nathaniel Wyckoff, exceptional, outstanding independent, self-published author

Nathaniel Wyckoff was born and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley of Southern California. From an early age, he was profoundly interested in reading, writing, telling, and listening to stories.

Though he works in a technical field, he counts storytelling among his favorite activities. Nathaniel's storytelling career took flight with the births of his children. His children enjoy all kinds of stories, but most of Nathaniel's stories for them involve zany adventures and confrontations with wacky bullies. Nathaniel's first novel, Yaakov the Pirate Hunter, was inspired by his son's request for a story about robots. It combines elements of science, adventure, and Nathaniel's beloved Jewish tradition. As the Peretz Family Adventures Series continues, Nathaniel's children continue to serve as a source of inspiration.

In addition to writing, he also enjoys studying his Jewish traditions, reading, playing the accordion and the piano for his family, playing games and sports with his children, and taking his family on hiking trips, daring explorations of winter snow, and other assorted adventures.

He can be found online at

The Chronicles of Simon Mendez (Historical Adventure Thriller)

A Time for Vengeance by independent, self-published author Nathaniel Wyckoff

A Time for Vengeance (The Chronicles of Simon Mendez Book 1), Nov 15, 2018

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Most people fear the Spanish Inquisition. He'll make the Inquisition fear him.

Hiding behind a veneer of Catholicism, the Mendez family secretly practices their Jewish faith. It's a dangerous way of life in 17th century Spain. Their worst fears are realized when, one late spring night, armed soldiers arrest Simon Mendez's father for "Judaizing" — teaching Jewish traditions to others.

Incensed by the arrest, Simon is determined to rescue his father before he's burned at the stake.

It won't be easy. The Mendezes' neighbors turn against them, and Simon and his family must flee their home to escape arrest. But they can't hide forever, and in order to save his father, Simon must risk everything.

He will need to strike back hard against the overwhelming power of the Inquisition. With his father's life on the line, there is no other choice.

The Inquisition had better start praying.

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Yaakov, the Pirate Hunter (Peretz Family Adventures Book 1), Mar 12, 2015

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Yaakov, the Pirate Hunter by independent, self-published author Nathaniel Wyckoff

Buried treasure, old-school pirates, and an international race against time will make this summer vacation the thrill of a lifetime.

When the Peretz kids discover a mysterious map inside their family's robot, there's no telling where it may lead. Digging up a box of priceless gems in the Mojave Desert is a fun way to spend a hot afternoon, but returning a billionaire's stolen loot is no simple feat.

Yaakov Peretz and the others will have to get past Pete Weasel and his pirate gang. And even if they do, they'll soon learn that foiling a bunch of thieving pirates is just the beginning.

Yaakov will have to put together the clues, and gather all of the wit and grit that he can muster, to stop a dangerous crook before it's too late.

Yaakov and the Treasures of Timna Valley (Peretz Family Adventures Book 2), Dec 3, 2015

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Yaakov and the Treasures of Timna Valley by independent, self-published author Nathaniel Wyckoff

Summer is almost over, but the heat is suddenly rising for Yaakov Peretz and his family.

A neighborhood bully and another shady character are planning something sneaky at a Southern California airshow.

Yaakov knows. He overhead them plotting. And it's time to take matters into his own hands.

But soon his hands are really tied! Before they know it, the Peretzes find themselves hostage to a mysterious stranger known only as "Raul," a man with something more devious up his sleeve.

Escaping capture is only the beginning. Yaakov and family soon uncover Raul's conspiracy to wreak disaster in Israel's Timna Valley Park, the site of King Solomon's ancient copper mines.

The stakes are high! Yaakov will take nothing lying down. In a daring race against time, he'll plunge into unfamiliar territory, battling live and robotic foes and more to defeat this evil scheme.

Yaakov and the Secret of Acra Fortress (Peretz Family Adventures Book 3), Mar 5, 2017

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Yaakov and the Secret of Acra Fortress by independent, self-published author Nathaniel Wyckoff

The Peretz kids are on a quest for Temple gold.

After battling pirates, kidnappers and other scoundrels this past summer, all that the Peretz family wants is a quiet Chanukah vacation in Israel. It's an enjoyable getaway until the last day, when things start to get strange.

Rutvij Rao runs the Acra in Jerusalem, a fortress built centuries ago by a Greek tyrant named Antiochus. Antiochus was defeated in the story of Chanukah, and the remains of his destroyed fortress are now a museum for tourists. But Rutvij, Antiochus's descendant, has his own plans for the old ruin.

Resolved to avenge his great ancestor's humiliating defeat by the Maccabees, the egomaniac Rutvij is turning the Acra into the capitol of his own new dictatorship. He has trapped all of the museum's visitors, "inviting" them to be founding citizens; nobody leaves until the world acknowledges Rutvij Rao's kingdom. Unfortunately for him, his captives include the Peretzes.

Yaakov Peretz and his siblings are determined to escape from the Acra and to stop Rutvij Rao in his tracks. The kids have discovered the fortress's well-guarded secret: a mysterious map of a maze carved into a little-known passage running underneath the ancient citadel.

Join them on their latest daring adventure, which will take them on supersonic trains, to the frozen peaks of the Himalayas, and through perilous underground tunnels, as they race to uncover a Temple fortune and to free the mad dictator's hostages...especially their parents!

Yaakov and the Jewel of Jamaica (Peretz Family Adventures Book 4), Mar 14, 2018

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Yaakov and the Jewel of Jamaica by independent, self-published author Nathaniel Wyckoff

Number One New Release in Children's Multigenerational Families in its first week!

Jamaica is a land of discovery and adventure, and Yaakov Peretz is about to encounter both.

The Peretz kids have long known the story of Christopher Columbus's legendary gold mine on Jamaica. It's a tale that's been in their family for generations, since an ancestor named Simon Mendez lived on the island to keep the Spanish Inquisition off his back. They've also heard stories of the pirates who once inhabited Jamaica and turned looting Spanish ships into a national sport. So, when their mother's former teacher invites everyone to Jamaica for an art show, the trip seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Better still, Yaakov, Yosef and Rachel find an old letter from Simon, a letter that will show them the way to the mine...if they can figure out what it means.

Armed with their family stories and their digging robot, the kids leave a boring art show to strike their fortune, but danger can't stop following them. Their quest for priceless treasure quickly takes a wrong turn when a missile from nowhere knocks their tour guide's helicopter out of the sky. Kidnapping, chases and run-ins with villains are soon to follow, turning a hopeful treasure hunt into a struggle for survival.

And that innocent art teacher may not be what she seemed. There are dangerous people on Jamaica, people with secrets to protect and the wicked means to do so. Yaakov is determined to bring them all down and to solve the mystery of Columbus's gold mine once and for all.

Why not? He's a Peretz. The bad guys have messed with the wrong tourists.

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