G-8 and His Battle Aces #2 Audiobook
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!
“Purple aces — purple faces! Coming to kill you at dawn!”
Their faces were a ghastly purple — they fought with the savageness of fiends who wanted to die! Who were these suicide pilots under the order of The Purple Ace? What was the secret of their grim mission? The Allies waited in terror while G-8 and his Battle buddies took up a fighting trail against this mystery staffel of death!
In 1933, fans of Pulp magazines were introduced to a hero, in some ways similar to others, but different in all the right ways. Popular Publications’ G-8 and His Battle Aces featured an aviator and spy fighting the most recent Great War, but not the World War One his readers knew. This man, whose real name was never revealed, did not simply take on the Kaiser’s best pilots. G-8 and his two companions, Nippy Weston and Bull Martin, fought monsters, mad scientists, death rays, and even aliens, all conveniently on the side of the enemy, of course.
While Popular’s president, Harry Steeger, and editor Roger Terrill had a hand in the character’s beginnings, G-8’s true creator was author Robert J. Hogan. Writing all 110 adventures of America’s Master Spy under his actual name, something fairly rare in the Pulps, Hogan created a fully realized world where monstrous bats took on Spads as a matter of course.
G-8 was equal parts aviator, spy, and master of disguise, and all parts hero. Fans thrilled for at the adventures of The Battle Aces into the years of World War II. By then, the aviator craze had passed in fiction and G-8 flew off into the sunset, but was not completely forgotten.
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 Purple Aces. Originally published in the November, 1933 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: Suicide Pilots
Chapter 2: G-8
Chapter 3: Purple Faces
Chapter 4: Hell’s Twins
Chapter 5: Death Rides the Sky
Chapter 6: Brothers in Hell
Chapter 7: Lost Squadrons
Chapter 8: The Royal Brigand
Chapter 9: Devil’s Trap
Chapter 10: Dead Man’s Secret
Chapter 11: Death Swamp
Chapter 12: Zwantag
Chapter 13: The Stone Door
Chapter 14: The Iron Mask
Chapter 15: Satan’s Graveyard
Chapter 16: Order of the Purple Ace
Chapter 17: Spy’s Doom
Chapter 18: Captured
Chapter 19: Fighting Tornado
Chapter 20: Torture Tomb
Chapter 21: The Purple Squadron
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.