G-8 and His Battle Aces #24 Audiobook
Staffel of Beasts
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!
“I’m going blind... I can’t see!”
From all along the Yank front those reports came in — pitiful reports from troops sent up to stage a victory drive — troops that now fought on — grimly, hopelessly. And G-8, watching from the air, vowed grimly to avenge their slaughter, to bust wide open the most sinister sky scheme that ever threatened the Allied armies!
The most popular aviator in Pulp Fiction was actually created in a car. Going home to New Jersey from New York City, author Robert J. Hogan came up with the idea that would be G-8 and His Battle Aces. Having already met with Popular Publication’s President Harry Steeger, Hogan had been given the job of writing a daring new hero for Popular to take advantage of both the popular Hero centered Pulps as well as the fascination with aviation that was gripping the country at the time.
Driving through the Holland Tunnel in 1933, Hogan crafted the basics of G-8 and his war torn world while caught in traffic. He took the name from a ranch in Colorado where he’d spent a summer, actually flying for his first time on a plane for that trip. G-8 would be the only name America’s Master Spy would ever have.
Hogan didn’t plan to have his hero fly alone, however. G-8’s two companions, Nippy and Bull, were based on actual pilots who, coincidentally, shared their first names. Together, these three Battle Aces would fight a war that was equal parts nostalgic flashback, perhaps morbid fascination with the horrors of war, and the stuff nightmares are made of. Monsters and madmen flew into battle every month against G-8.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a strange nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Staffel of Beasts. Originally published in the September, 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: Murder at the Hospital
Chapter 2: No-Man’s-Land
Chapter 3: “Capture Arnee!”
Chapter 4: Burning Coffin
Chapter 5: Pilgrimage of Cripples
Chapter 6: The Hunchback Baron
Chapter 7: Berlin Bound
Chapter 8: “Come At Once”
Chapter 9: The Blind Regiment
Chapter 10: Yank Massacre
Chapter 11: Ghost Plane
Chapter 12: Vieux Chateau
Chapter 13: Camp of Death
Chapter 14: A Cry For Help
Chapter 15: Signal Balloons
Chapter 16: Strange Cargo
Chapter 17: The Tiger Leaps
Chapter 18: Death in Wax
Chapter 19: Victory
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.