G-8 and His Battle Aces #31 Audiobook
Scourge of the Sky Beast
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!
Far behind the enemy lines lurked the little fiend of science, safe from the ravages of war — yet greedy for the blood of the Allies! Mobile high overhead flew his hideous Monsters of Murder — winged devils of the bloody skies that challenged men’s belief! What were these strange Monsters of the Sky that winged their way through space? What fiendish mind had spawned these beasts that sent the Allies crashing to horrible Death! Only Herr Doktor Krueger could have produced these deadly bats, and G-8’s duty was clear. Even as his comrades dropped in ghastly death, America’s Master Spy flew on — searching grimly for the answer — defying the Scourge of the Sky Beast!
Robert J. Hogan wrote G-8 and His Battle Aces for just over ten years. What makes this even more intriguing is that Hogan wrote all 110 tales of America’s Master Spy. This was rare in the Pulp industry, as long running series usually ended up having at least two authors, if not more, because writers had to be spelled from time to time or had other projects. Hogan, however, piloted G-8 through every single adventure.
Another interesting note about Hogan’s tenure with G-8 is that he wrote under his own name. Every adventure carried Robert J. Hogan as a byline. Long running series, such as Doc Savage or The Shadow, usually ran under a house name. This made it possible for other writers to step in at times and readers allegedly never be aware of the difference. Hogan, however, hammered out every tale.
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 ‘Scourge of the Sky Beast’. Originally published in the April 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: The Fiend Doctor’s Secret
Chapter 2: Wings of Mystery
Chapter 3: G-8 Strikes
Chapter 4: Death
Chapter 5: S.O.S.
Chapter 6: Death Rides The Dawn
Chapter 7: The Sky Mystery
Chapter 8: Aces High
Chapter 9: The Death Monster
Chapter 10: Boche Secrets
Chapter 11: Baron Von Bauer
Chapter 12: Wings of Disaster
Chapter 13: The Captive Ace
Chapter 14: A Signal From Nippy
Chapter 15: The Devil’s Doom
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.