“Reagan Moon & The Ghost Box” is straight-up Urban Fantasy, PG-13, noir-ish, romance elements, pulpy, in the vein of Dresden Files and Sandman Slim. This is a standalone novel, with serial possibilities (Reagan Moon and the Eye Ember, Reagan Moon and the Crescent Bungalow, etc., etc.).
Reagan Moon & the Ghost Box
By Mike Duran
Mired in despair at the passing of his girlfriend ELLIE WELLS, paranormal reporter and bona fide skeptic REAGAN MOON is hired by a reclusive tycoon to investigate the events surrounding Ellie’s death. When a blind medium seemingly contacts Ellie’s spirit, Reagan is warned of a supernatural cataclysm about to be unleashed upon Los Angeles. After he returns to find the medium murdered, he is trapped in an unstoppable series of events. Apparently, throughout the city, mediums are turning up dead.
And Reagan Moon is now the prime suspect.
As Reagan dodges the police, his investigation leads him to rogue researcher MATISSE and his unpredictable shape-shifting daughter MAIKOA. The ex-Jesuit believes that he can thwart an approaching apocalypse by housing occult arcana, cataloging it in a lead-lined underground warehouse he calls the Asylum. By acquiring some of the world’s most renowned occult antiquities, Matisse hopes to stave off the advance of the SUMMA NURA, an ancient council of celestial beings seeking to prey upon humanity. Matisse eventually reveals to Reagan his most prized discovery: Rival’s Curtain, a crystalline visor that allows one to see into the spirit world.
When Reagan’s eyes are opened to the invisible world around him, not only is his agnosticism dashed, his mission is made clear. Through the magical visor, a carefree guardian angel named BERNARD, reveals that a vast confluence of wraiths and disembodied spirits are being summoned against their will. Ellie is among them. Bernard traces this phenomenon to Spiraplex, a high-tech, futuristic pleasure center built by billionaire brain researcher SOREN VOLDEN. Apparently, the magnate has more than money on his mind. Using genetics, nanotechnology and robotics, Volden is seeking to create a massive Ghost Box, a conductor to the spirit world, and open the way for the Summa Nura. However, Matisse unknowingly possesses the one object to complete Volden’s Ghost Box: the legendary lightening rod from the Tower of Babel. And Soren Volden will go to any length to acquire it.
Reagan is forced to begin the most dangerous investigation of his life; he must stop Volden and free Ellie’s spirit in hopes of thwarting the advance of the Summa Nura. Led by Bernard and Maikoa, Reagan seeks to infiltrate Volden’s headquarters and disarm the Ghost Box before it can be christened. But all the street-smarts in the world can’t prepare Reagan Moon for the choice that lies ahead of him. For not only is Ellie’s body being held in a cryogenic state, she is now symbiotically bound to Volden. Reagan cannot defeat Soren Volden without sacrificing the love of his life. And when Volden proves to be something other than human, no sacrifice on earth can stop him.