G-8 and His Battle Aces #12 Audiobook
The Panther Squadron
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!
Chapter 1: Dead Man's Warning
For days all had been quiet on the enemy front. Then a dying American spy broke through the lines to gasp out a strange message — “Women being tortured... Black Forest... Hear screams every night... Stop them!” Puzzled, G-8 set out to follow this strange clue, never guessing he was hurtling into combat with Germany’s most ghastly staffel — a sky squadron of man-beasts!
If it hadn’t been for a $65.00 check, America’s Master Spy may never have landed in pulp magazines. Working in the fledgling aviation industry of the early 20th Century, Robert J. Hogan found himself basically unemployed after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Aviation, along with many other markets, took a major hit that October and left Hogan desperate to make money. Legend has it that one day Hogan was reading a magazine, one focused on aviation stories, and declared rather excitedly that he could write better than the authors he’d been reading. Soon, he set out to prove that, writing and submitting a story to Wings Magazine, one which the magazine bought. With a $65.00 dollar check in hand, Robert J. Hogan changed jobs and a pulp legend was soon born.
Even though G-8 took on monstrous foes and nightmarish conspiracies, Hogan’s experience as a pilot informed the stories as well. Readers found a touch of authenticity in Hogan’s work as well as a loving attention to the experience of flight. This, along with Hogan’s nightmarish imagination, adds to the fascination fans have had for decades with G-8.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a deadly nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in ‘The Panther Squadron’. Originally published in the September 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 2: Valley of Horror
Chapter 3: The Black Forest
Chapter 4: Screams in the Night
Chapter 5: Satan's Chateau
Chapter 6: Den of the Beasts
Chapter 7: Panther Meat
Chapter 8: The Sea Captain
Chapter 9: Singapore Cargo
Chapter 10: Jungle Ace
Chapter 11: Panther Squadron
Chapter 12: The Devil's Volunteers
Chapter 13: Black Flight
Chapter 14: Wild Cat Ace
Chapter 15: Yank Cat Man
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.