James Christopher, Operator #5 Audiobook
#2 The Invisible Empire
by Frederick C. Davis writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Richard Epcar
Unseen, impregnable, the strange war engine of a foreign power hovered over America, waiting the fatal moment to hurl death upon a thousand cities and towns. Foredoomed to destruction and desolation before the ravaging hordes of the Yellow Empire, bleak despair gripped the nation’s millions. And then men held their breath in agonizing hope — as Operator #5, single-handed, seized the last grim chance to save the United States!
From out of the pages of Operator #5 magazine steps a dramatic hero who pits himself against threats to national security from all origins. Whether it's subversive internal menace, or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it.
In 1934, with Hitler consolidating power in Germany and the Japanese Empire on the rise in Asia, young pulp publisher Harry Steeger decided that the American public was ready for a magazine chronicling the exploits of an undercover agent dedicated to defending the United States from foreign aggressors. With his editors, Steeger came up with a title, Secret Service Operator #5, and a cover depicting a masked terrorist fleeing an exploding White House. Over this loomed the resourceful hero, blazing away with a .45 automatic. His job: to defeat a new invasion of the United States—every month!
James Christopher did not technically belong to the U. S. Secret Service. He was a top agent for an America's unnamed Intelligence Service. It was in his blood. His father, John Christopher, retired from the same agency years before. Answerable only to his superior, Z-7, and carrying a letter from the President of the United States identifying him as Operator #5, Jimmy Christopher played for keeps. He carried a rapier sewn into his belt, and in a golden skull hanging from his watch-chain was a reservoir of poison to be taken in the event of capture.
From the May, 1934 issue of Operator #5 magazine comes The Invisible Empire. Read by Richard Epcar with single-minded intensity.
Chapter 1: Warning from the Sky
Chapter 2: Threat of the Yellow Empire
Chapter 3: Marked for Death!
Chapter 4: The Flying Dead
Chapter 5: Saffron Menace
Chapter 6: Fortress in the Sky
Chapter 7: Mystery Tanks
Chapter 8: Plunge Through Space
Chapter 9: Seven Thousand Up
Chapter 10: Terror in the Streets
Chapter 11: “Let War Be Declared —”
Chapter 12: Unseen Voices
Chapter 13: While Disaster Hovered
Chapter 14: Under the Red Light
Chapter 15: Secret Strategy
Chapter 16: Twelve Miles Up
Chapter 17: Death in the Zenith
Chapter 18: On the Atlantis
Chapter 19: The Voice of a Nation
Richard Epcar is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand Voice Over and acting talents. Well known to animation, gaming, and anime fans he has voiced over 300 characters in his career. As an actor he has appeared in many films, including Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Broken Spirits and many others. On TV he has appeared on Cheers, Diagnosis Murder, Colombo, Days of Our Lives, Matlock, Beverly Hills 90210, General Hospital and others.
Richard is Batou in Ghost in the Shell and he's also featured in a new series from Nickelodeon, Legend of Korra. His video game credits include Skyrim: Elder Scrolls V, Kingdom Hearts, Transformers, Star Wars, Mortal Kombat, Modnation Racers, Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dead Space, Star Craft, Red Faction Guerilla, Command & Conquer, Xenosaga, Guilty Gears, .Hack, League of Legends and World of Warcraft , to name only a few. Animation fans have heard his voice in Robotech, Bleach, Bobobo, X-Men, Macross Plus, The New Speed Racer, Rurouni Kenshin, Lupin the Third, Digimon, and Power Rangers.