G-8 and His Battle Aces #14 Audiobook
The Mad Dog 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!
It hung in the night sky — the gigantic head of a mad dog whose open mouth dripped water. Men who saw it went mad, suddenly stricken with the strange plague that had already tom a death path through American ranks. Doctors struggled in vain to learn the plague’s secret. “Water — water!” as G-8 heard that pitiful cry, he knew that the strange plague had struck again, that more Yanks had been turned into cringing beasts who yelled and begged and killed — for water. Death stalks the Front as G-8 follows the Devil’s hounds straight into a madman’s sky trap.
In the early 1930s, Street & Smith enjoyed much success with its publication of The Shadow magazine. Wanting to get a piece of that action for himself, Popular Publications’ Henry Steeger decided his outfit should publish a couple of hero types of its own. For one of these new characters, he turned to an author who had become one of his go-to scribes, a man who could spin a good Western yarn and lay down a great war story, but who also had a certain affinity for Aviation stories. Steeger went to pilot and author Robert J. Hogan with a request for a new hero to take on evil overhead.
If Steeger wanted something a little different, he got it. Hogan didn’t just respond with any run of the mill sky jockey. He peopled the skies with giant bats and floating heads and G-8 and His Battle Aces took to the airways in October of 1933. From that first issue, Pulp fans never looked at Aviation stories the same way again.
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 Mad Dog Squadron’. Originally published in the November 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: Jerry Won't Fight
Chapter 2: The Mad Squadron
Chapter 3: Jerry Bait
Chapter 4: One-way Ticket to Hell
Chapter 5: Mystery Plague
Chapter 6: The Devil's Warning
Chapter 7: Mad Dog Flight
Chapter 8: Thirst Plague
Chapter 9: Vosges Hermit
Chapter 10: Lake Perdu
Chapter 11: The Dog Fokker
Chapter 12: Herr Doktor Guerta
Chapter 13: Bomber Raid
Chapter 14: "Nippy Dying!"
Chapter 15: Suicide Patrol
Chapter 16: Red Front
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.