G-8 and His Battle Aces #23 Audiobook
The Headless 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!
“Make peace at once — or I will destroy your armies. The Wizard.” H.Q. was mildly puzzled at this strange message. But G-8 had already seen the Wizard’s black ship, had seen men die like flies beneath its wings. The observer of that black plane had shoulders and arms — but no head. There was nothing but a neck that oozed blood. And on the neck a falcon perched! For an hour the Yank spy had hunted this black ship. And now that he had sighted it he knew that his assignment to “Find the Wizard — wipe him out!” was one of the most daring jobs he and his aces had ever tried to carry out in death skies!
Each one of Robert J. Hogan’s 110 G-8 stories is set squarely in World War One, but it wasn’t the war that Hogan’s readers remembered or had heard about. The horrors of combat that G-8 faced were much more monstrous than bullets and mustard gas, outlandishly so, and the enemies they would face only grew stranger and more deadly with each new adventure.
Zombies took to the skies in later G-8 adventures. Jellyfish like creatures with long, deadly tentacles terrorized the wartime pilots. Even Martians and werewolves and other creatures got into the act. And some of G-8’s most notable foes came back for more than one chance at the Aces, but none were as memorable as G-8’s first foe, the insidious Herr Doktor Krueger. Krueger attempted multiple times to win the war for the Kaiser and rid himself of America’s Master Spy. He succeeded at neither.
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 Headless Staffel’. Originally published in the August 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 Black Raider
Chapter 2: Vanishing Men
Chapter 3: The Wizard
Chapter 4: Ace in Armor
Chapter 5: The Headless Flyer
Chapter 6: Prisoners
Chapter 7: Killer’s Drome
Chapter 8: Y-9
Chapter 9: Murder Trap
Chapter 10: The Devil’s Linemen
Chapter 11: Mutiny
Chapter 12: Cargo of Death
Chapter 13: Mystery Valley
Chapter 14: Men From Mars
Chapter 15: Order of Death
Chapter 16: Hell’s Circus
Chapter 17: Vanishing Staffel
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.