Reagan Moon - paranormal reporter, terminal underachiever, and staunch cynic of the human race. The only ghosts he really believes in are the ones in his own head.
But his world is about to get an upgrade.
When Moon is hired by a reclusive tycoon to investigate the events surrounding his girlfriend's tragic death, he learns of an impending apocalypse about to flatten Los Angeles. Seems that the Summu Nura, ancient gods from a parallel dimension, are looking for a new stomping ground. And Hollyweird is ground zero. What's worse, Reagan Moon is the only one who can stop them.
With the help of an occult archivist and a carefree guardian angel, Moon is forced to confront an invisible world of toxic parasites and dimensional outriders. But no amount of magic can save him from monster that awaits...inside him.
©2014 Mike Duran (P)2016 Mike Duran
I already read the book, so the plot was not surprising. However, it make me love the story even more. I love how the narrator gave Moon life through his voice, and how he put emotion in his voice.
Can't wait for the final book of this series!
The Ghost Box is an enjoyable mix of urban fantasy and science fiction, with a smartass noir protagonist and moments of real horror. Reagan Moon is a reporter for a tabloid newspaper that focuses on the paranormal. He is a cynic who finds his skepticism challenged by a dramatic series of events. The Ghost Box is reminiscent at times of the C. S. Lewis classic “That Hideous Strength,” but with a sharper edge. The Audible narrator, Randy Streu, captures the tone of the novel perfectly. Highly recommended!
I am normally a SciFi or Nonfiction guy and certainly not a Noir Mystery lover but I did like this one. I could feel it building into a series. Having the book in audio form really helped me keep the characters straight and I think the voice actor really helped too.
Overall, this book was fantastic, and I couldn't keep it off for very long before coming back for more. The story is very fast paced, and it's easy to miss a dramatic turn of events if you're not paying attention, but it's not easy to take your attention away from the witty characters and exciting story.
The narration seemed a little choppy in the first couple chapters, but as the story developed, so did the narration. It seemed with more character development, the voice (both Moon's perspective and Randy's narration) also took on more personality and depth. (edited review after the edited reading! (: )
Moon and friends were great company, and the pace was just right for me personally to keep me interested and coming back whenever I could. Good characters, a truly interesting story, and great narration will keep me looking forward to the next book in Moon's adventure.
The fast pace. This is a page turner. While the author is incredibly gifted in descriptive language, he doesn't let that darling bog down the story. The story is the main thing here, and it is delightful.
Yes, mostly because of the sheer mystery. It was a mystery, but one I could latch on to. Mike Duran has such a grasp of the Bible, ancient myths, and even recent mythologies from greats such as HP Lovecraft, that I was pulled into this huge world where there is at least a little truth in every myth.
Perfectly snarky as Reagan Moon.
Yes, but it was an hour before the end and I don't want to be a spoiler.
This was such a fun and thought provoking novel. Mike Duran combines many of my favorite elements in this novel. This fast-paced supernatural thriller immediately reminded me of Joe Hill’s “Heart Shaped Box," but with a little less splatter and vulgarity. Okay, a lot less!
The descriptions of dark, old, and mythological/scientific arcana was reminiscent of the Special Agent Pendergast Series.
Delightfully, the author also has a grasp on many ongoing theological issues within Christianity, which reminded me of Stephen King’s deft handling of the Freudian pop-psychology infiltrating the Catholic church in “Salem’s Lot.”
His main character, Reagan Moon, has the snark of Jack Reacher. I have listened to over 400 books from audible, 200-300 of them works of fiction. I have been disappointed too many times to count, but not by this book.
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