Moon Hunter

Moon Hunter

by George Morgan

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"Welcome to the moon, Chief Calloway."

It was the first time anyone had addressed him with that title, and Cal decided right away he liked it. In the LAPD he had been a tiny fish in a monstrous pond. It would have taken him ten years to make sergeant, another ten for lieutenant--and that was only if he lived that long. L.A. policing was getting more dangerous by the day. Burnout was common, and when his best friend in Rampart Division hung himself over an internal affairs investigation, Cal knew it was time to move on.

Now, as chief of North Armstrong's fledgling police department, he would be in charge, he would be The Man. And with a starting salary of $185,000--it was nothing less than a dream job. Sure; the stories of relentless larceny, exotic pharmacons, and violent miners were legendary, but compared to Los Angeles, how hard could it be?

As the escort guided him away from the tarmac and toward the domed city's air lock, Cal had a question.

"I was wondering--how many other people applied for this job?"

The escort tapped in a key code. As the door slid open, the two of them stepped into the air lock. With assistance from the small enclosure's overhead lighting, Cal was able to get a good look at her expression through the helmet's faceplate. Her facial muscles were rigid, serious.

"A couple hundred? A thousand?" he asked. "I suppose it must've been pretty competitive."

The door slid closed and locked, then she turned to him and spoke.

"You were the only applicant."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151413695
Publisher: Pony-X Press
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 364 KB

About the Author

George D. Morgan has a BA in Creative Writing from Cal State Channel Islands and in June will complete work on an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts through the University of California, Riverside.
George has written more than a dozen stage plays and musicals including Second To Die, Nevada Belle, and Thunder in the Valley. He also wrote the score for the children’s musical The Trial of Goldilocks.
In 2001 his play Second To Die was adapted into a film starring Paul Winfield and Erika Eleniak. George’s screenplay Short Line won first place in the 2007 International Family Film Festival screenwriting contest.
George is currently the Playwright in Residence at Caltech. His play Rocket Girl, tells the true story of his mother, Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s first female rocket scientist. It premiered November, 2008, and is the first in a trilogy of science-themed plays George is writing for the university. His book on the same subject was released July 9, 2013 from Prometheus Books. It was featured as one of Amazon’s recommended books for July and is available from all bookselling outlets.
The second play in the Caltech science trilogy, Pasadena Babalon, premiered February, 2010, and tells the story of Jack Parsons. Rocket scientist by day, black magic occultist by night, Jack Parsons is best known as the co-founder of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Pasadena Babalon was a semi-finalist in the Sundance Institute’s Alfred P. Sloan science playwriting contest. Pascal’s Wager, the third play now in development, relates the story of the Pons/Fleischmann cold fusion controversy of 1989.
In April George will be leading a panel at the annual conference of ATHE: Association of Theatre for Higher Education. The event is entitled “Putting the Science into your Science Themed Play.”
A life-long keyboardist, George often performs music for the Ventura Improv Company and teaches music for improv theatre groups around the country. He has just completed two novels, Moon Hunter and The Hamlet Syndrome.
George is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America. His personal web site can be found at
George and his wife Lisa are active in Ventura County’s foster parent program, through which they recently adopted three children.

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