Robert Weinberg Presents
The Armageddon Box Audiobook
by Robert Weinberg
Read by Nick Santa Maria
In 452, Attila the Hun, also known as The Scourge of God, invaded Italy with his barbarian horde. His goal was to sack Rome and then burn it to the ground. The Vatican and all of its treasures appeared lost. Slowly, methodically, Attila and his horde made their way to the Eternal City, looting and burning city after city. Finally, they made camp within a few miles of Rome. It was then that Pope Leo went to bargain with Attila. According to historians of the period, Leo seemed to glow golden. In his hands, the Pope carried a jewel-encrusted box that burned with unholy fire. No one knew what the box contained or why the Pope brought it with him. Whatever that mysterious box contained so frightened Attila that he withdrew his troops and left Rome alone. Attila died soon after his failed attempt to conquer the Eternal City.
Pope Leo’s mysterious box disappears back into the vaults of the Vatican, never to be seen again. Until vague rumors circulate about it surface in Nazi Germany during the final days of World War II - rumors that speak of an experiment that defies all laws of nature. Stories involving an ancient race of vampires known as the Very Old Folk.
In The Armageddon Box, Alex Warner and his bride, Valerie Lancaster, the two survivors of the Devil's Auction, find themselves engaged in a desperate hunt for Pope Leo's mysterious treasure box. Aligned against them are a secret religious order known as the Circumcellions, and a demonic Neo-Nazi superman who calls himself Dietrich Vril. It’s a wild mix of high adventure and black magic as Alex and Valerie struggle to discover the incredible secret contained in the Armageddon Box.
The Armageddon Box
by Robert Weinberg
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Prologue: Dachau, Bavaria
About the Author
Robert Weinberg in fifth grade read The Devil and Daniel Webster, by Stephen Vincent Benet, and knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that he wanted to become a writer. It’s a dream he’s followed since. During the past 57 years, Bob has written and sold nearly 150 short stories, 19 novels, 18 non-fiction books and more than two dozen comic book scripts. He’s edited more than 200 anthologies and short story collections. Bob’s work has been published in 20 countries and 15 languages.
He’s won 2 Bram Stoker Awards, for writing and editing, given by the Horror Writers Association; 2 World Fantasy Awards; and 2 Society of Technical Writers Awards for his non-fiction science books. He served 2 terms as Vice President of the Horror Writers Association. He’s the only person in the history of the organization to win the group’s Silver Hammer Award for service to the association 2 times. Bob also was on the Board of Trustees for the World Fantasy Convention for 24 years. In 2005, Bob was Guest-of-Honor at Robert E. Howard Days held in Cross, Plains, Texas. Later that same year, was Guest-of-Honor at the World Fantasy Convention held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1983, Bob was given a Lamont Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Directors of PULPcon, the convention for pulp magazine enthusiasts. The Horror Writers Association awarded Bob a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2012, he was present a special award by the World Science Fiction Convention for his contributions to the Science Fiction field. Bob is probably the only horror writer who has ever served as Grand Marshall of a Rodeo parade. Despite all his success, Bob Weinberg is not yet ready to retire. He’s still looking to write the perfect story. He’s intent on composing a story that resonates with his readers the way The Devil and Daniel Webster did with him. It’s a goal he may never achieve, but he intends to keep trying.
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.