G-8 and His Battle Aces #20 Audiobook
The Gorilla Staffel
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!
“You cannot kill me,” the spy shouted. “Your execution squad has just shot me, yet here I stand, as much alive as ever. There are many more like me in Germany. Bullets cannot kill them!” And G-8, listening, knew this strange man spoke the truth — in part at least. All up and down the Front that terrible news spread. For a strange staffel had taken to war skies — a staffel of pilots who could not be killed. Bullets went into them — through them; they only laughed and fought on. Horror gripped the Allies as three Yanks set out, pledged to pit fighting wings against invincible aces! How could G-8 and his aces dare hope to conquer an enemy that could not die?
From its debut in 1933, G-8 and His Battle Aces was a success, finding fans especially with children and teenagers. Originally just writing these fantastical aviation yarns to feed himself, author Robert J. Hogan found himself a successful author, thanks to America’s Master Spy. Penning a full length adventure monthly, Hogan was one of the top earning pulp authors at the height of G-8’s popularity, making as much as $1000.00 a tale. He wrote other pulp tales too, westerns and the like, even creating another series character, The Mysterious Wu Fang. Eventually leaving pulps to write western novels and for the Saturday Evening Post, Hogan was known to comment that the one character that fans talked to him about more than any other until his death was a pilot, like himself, yet different than anyone who’d flown before him, 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 Gorilla Staffel’. Originally published in the May 1935 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: The Deathless Ace
Chapter 2: Alias Captain Keever
Chapter 3: Bullet-proof Boches
Chapter 4: Prisoners of War
Chapter 5: The Devil’s Sideshow
Chapter 6: The Man Who Couldn’t Die
Chapter 7: Yank Magic
Chapter 8: The Invincible Patrol
Chapter 9: T.N.T. Trio
Chapter 10: Bruno The Bloodless
Chapter 11: Drive of the Ape Men
Chapter 12: Spy Bait
Chapter 13: Gorilla Trap
Chapter 14: The Pigeon Flies
Chapter 15: A Trick of Magic
Chapter 16: Death Beckons
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.