G-8 and His Battle Aces #30 Audiobook
The Patrol of the Dead
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!
Deep in the forests of Bocheland lurked a horror that was not Death — but a living doom that robbed the soul and turned men into bloodthirsty beasts! Not even G-8 had known Death so hideous! — disaster so inescapable! There before his very eyes, his boyhood pal had turned to dust, while high overhead — mocking his frantic efforts to escape — lurked the grim Patrol of the Dead, vengeance mad, baptized in their comrades’ blood!
G-8 held half the secret within his whirling brain, and meant to learn the rest, knowing too well that his only reward would be Death or living madness!
Readers of Pulp magazines in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s had a particular fascination for Aviation stories. Not simply the daring exploits of pilots, but particularly fans wanted tales set in an often romanticized version of a war past. World War One became the setting for many stories and series featuring high flying heroes, but many crashed and burn after just a few tales told. But, not G-8 and His Battle Aces.
Created to take advantage of the Aviation craze and to bolster the sales of one of Popular Publications’ failing magazine titles, G-8 took Pulp fiction on a flight like no other. Not only a pilot, this mysterious figure, whose true name was never revealed, was also a Master Spy and skilled at many things, particularly as a master of disguise.
G-8 didn’t take the nightmarish monsters that filled the skies on alone, however. The Battle Aces consisted of Nippy and Bull, two pilots as skilled as their leader and fun characters in their own right.
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 The Patrol of the Dead. Originally published in the March, 1936 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: A Battle Royal
Chapter 2: Death Strikes
Chapter 3: Challenging Wings
Chapter 4: The Ace of Doom
Chapter 5: The Vanishing Plane
Chapter 6: Castle of the Damned
Chapter 7: The Mad Baron
Chapter 8: A Strange Signal
Chapter 9: Aces in Hell
Chapter 10: The Captive Eagle
Chapter 11: G-8 Strikes Back
Chapter 12: S.O.S. Death
Chapter 13: Curse of the Living Death
Chapter 14: The Eagles Strike
Chapter 15: The Red Death
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.