G-8 and His Battle Aces #6 Audiobook
The Skeleton Patrol
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
They called G-8 the Flying Spy. History never recorded his exploits—and for good reason! No one would ever believe World War I was that wild!
“Ghosts! Ha-ha-ha-ha — there ain’t no such thing!”
From the wreck of a crashed D.H. came those words spoken with mad laughter by a dying Yank. But, its head was a skull, its body a giant skeleton — this ghastly phantom that stalked night skies, crashing entire planes in its long bony fingers, driving men insane before death. No Yank had faced it — and lived. But G-8 and his battle buddies cut haunted skies to thrust their wings into its horror snare.
G-8 did not fly the good fight alone in Pulp fiction. His Battle Aces consisted of small, but scrappy Nippy Weston and muscular Bull Martin. Both accomplished pilots, Bull and Nippy escaped from the clutches of Herr Doktor Krueger, G-8’s depraved arch enemy, with the Master Spy in the debut story, The Bat Staffel.
Flying planes numbered 13 and 7 respectfully, Nippy and Bull were in fact inspired by two real life aviators. G-8 author Robert J. Hogan based G-8’s companions on two pilots named Nippy Westover and Bull Nevin.
Even though not Master Spies like their leader, Nippy and Bull stood on their own as well developed characters. Both Americans, each brought his own unique quirks to the Battle Aces. Although compared negatively by some to Doc Savage’s aides, the diminutive Nippy and the often superstitious Bull actually owed more of their origins to characters in a play turned movie popular at the time, What Price Glory?
G-8 also had assistance on the ground in various ways from, of all things, a manservant.
The singularly named Battle provided help in whatever way he could when G-8 called him.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a strange nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in The Skeleton Patrol. Originally published in the March, 1934 issue of G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks.
Chapter 1: Dead Man’s Patrol
Chapter 2: Ghost Hunt
Chapter 3: Hornet’s Nest
Chapter 4: Death Odds
Chapter 5: Brand of the Skeleton
Chapter 6: Suicide Mission
Chapter 7: The Sky Skeleton
Chapter 8: “I’ll Grind Their Bones...”
Chapter 9: Ghost Trap
Chapter 10: The Devil’s Net
Chapter 11: Boche Bait
Chapter 12: Prisoner
Chapter 13: Battle Aces
Chapter 14: Escape!
Chapter 15: Mystery Boats
Chapter 16: Trio from Hell
Chapter 17: Castle of Death
Chapter 18: The Haunted Dungeon
Chapter 19: Flight of the Skeletons
Nick Santa Maria Nick was born early in life in Brooklyn, NY. His theatrical background is based in Comedy Improv. He was a long standing member of the late lamented Miami based, Mental Floss, where he served as head writer/composer. From there he began his career in commercials, voice-overs, TV, Film, and theatre. He has performed in many roles on the stage including his award winning turn as Nick in Over The River And Through The Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee as Mr. Panch (3-D Theatricals), Mr. Bromhead in No Sex Please, We’re British at The Norris, and as Pseudolus in, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Norris Theatre. Television: The Buffalo Bill Show, B.J. Stryker, and two Disney Christmas Specials. Off Broadway: Writer/Composer/Performer on Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Soundtrack on RCA Victor. Broadway: Vince Fontaine in Tommy Tune’s production of Grease. He also appeared in every domestic company of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, understudying everyone from Nathan Lane and Jason Alexander, to Tony Danza and David Hassellhoff. He was the original Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, a Musical Spectacular, soundtrack on Disney Records. Nick is a resident of Los Angeles and is currently writing a book about classic film comedians, Nick’s been a long time film historian, and has written several articles on the topic.
Nick DeGregorio is a composer and conductor with over 100 theatrical musical direction credits including a Helen Hayes Awards, Best Musical Direction nomination for his work on DeafWest’s Big River at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Nick’s conducted and/or played for Randy Newman, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorna Luft, Juliet Prowse, Morey Amsterdam, John Denver, Carol Channing and Glen Campbell and was MD for Hal Linden, Dorothy Lamour (5 years) and the LA Friar’s Club roast of Carl Reiner. He’s provided musical direction at many regional theatres around the country and was associate conductor for the Broadway tours of 42nd Street and Big River and the PCLO/Nederlander tour of Doctor Dolittle.
Nick’s conducted the Phoenix Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Les Brown’s Band of Renown and has played piano with the St. Louis, San Jose, Utah, Ottawa, Rochester, Baltimore, Winnipeg, Florida and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. On Broadway, Nick played piano for 42nd Street. Off-Broadway, Nick wrote the orchestrations for Fanny Hill and orchestrated for Lorna Luft’s show and Barry Manilow produced recording, Songs My Mother Taught Me. He’s done orchestrations for the Key West Pops and also for Mitzi Gaynor’s new show, Razzle Dazzle. As a composer, Nick has worked on projects for BBC-TV, Random House Entertainment, Mike Young Productions, Scholastic Entertainment, Coyne Communications and Paramount Pictures. He has also written seven musical comedies, the latest, High School Reunion, was recently listed in the Samuel French catalog.