G-8 and His Battle Aces #25 Audiobook
Claws of the Sky Monster
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!
"To the driver of the Geier who kills G-8, I will personally give one hundred thousand marks." Deep in Germany Herr Doktor Krueger made this offer... And now G-8 was taking off into war skies. He hadn't yet seen the giant Geiers — didn't know that he was soon to pit his wings against the most horrible menace that ever patrolled scarlet cloud lanes! A hundred men saw a Yank ace take off — saw his corpse plunge to earth a few moments later. How could a pilot be snatched from his ship in mid-air? G-8 asked this question grimly. High above the clouds hovered the most horrible monsters a fighting airman has ever been called upon to combat with crimson lead!
Referred to by many fans today either as Aviation or Aviator Pulp, or even Flying Pulp, this type of story gained a name all its own during the era it was most popular. According to sources, writers of Pulp tales featuring pilots and aerial warfare referred to what they wrote as 'Yammering Guns', based on a comment made by one of the writers of such stories. The phrase refers to the noisiness of battles between airplanes fighting in mid air, firing bullets at one another from machine guns.
A sterling example of Yammering Guns Fiction, G-8 and His Battle Aces also skirted the fine line between that and Weird Menace. From tentacled floating beasts to resurrected Vikings and tiger men, the variety of villains that the Master Spy tackled lent itself to stories more reminiscent of Lovecraft or Howard.
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 'Claws of the Sky Monster'. Originally published in the October 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 Death Giants
Chapter 2: Sky Murder
Chapter 3: Bones and Ashes
Chapter 4: The Buried Gnome
Chapter 5: The Mysterious Gunner
Chapter 6: The Strange Raiders
Chapter 7: The Claws of the Giant
Chapter 8: The Spad Theft
Chapter 9: Buzzards Fly at Dawn
Chapter 10: Condors Take Their Toll
Chapter 11: Devil’s Trap
Chapter 12: Lieutenant Campbell
Chapter 13: Prisoner
Chapter 14: Food for the Condors
Chapter 15: Spy in Camp
Chapter 16: Fire
Chapter 17: The Break
Chapter 18: G-8 Injects Poison
Chapter 19: The Condor Rider
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.