G-8 and His Battle Aces #35 Audiobook
Vultures of the Purple Death
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!
Men without faces, without hearts and without souls — ambassadors of murder! These were the opponents of the Master Spy — men driven to madness by the blood-lust of Krueger — the heartless, avenging Vultures of the Purple Death! Who were these faceless sky beasts that roamed the fields and the skies of death, stealing the blood of the blind? G-8, himself, was swallowed in this Purple Curse — left helpless and alone — exposed to the merciless hand of the enemy — an enemy gone mad with its thirst for blood, spreading its scourge across the civilized world!
110 full length G-8 and His Battle Aces pulp stories show that creator Robert J. Hogan knew what he was doing writing tales that would thrill readers for decades. Hogan brought his own unique take to World War One as well as crafting G-8 in such a way that, although a hero, he was also enough of an everyman to intrigue readers from issue to issue. With that in mind, however, Hogan also knew the audience he was writing for. Pulp fans looked for particular characteristics, certain tropes in their Hero pulps, and Hogan gave them enough to keep them coming back.
G-8 was indeed a hero and although not superhuman, he was the top pilot and spy in the game. He also had his team, his aides, in the form of Nippy and Bull, as well as Battle, his manservant. Most of all, Hogan was a master of Pulp pacing, making sure that the story moved at a breakneck speed toward an explosive end, with G-8 sometimes barely victorious.
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 ‘Vultures of the Purple Death’. Originally published in the August 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: Mysterious Death
Chapter 2: The Vanishing Squadron
Chapter 3: A Message From Krueger
Chapter 4: Pursuit of the Fog
Chapter 5: Death Stalks the Sewers
Chapter 6: Ordered to Die
Chapter 7: The Man Without a Face
Chapter 8: Slaughter in the Air
Chapter 9: Wings of the Grave
Chapter 10: The Purple Scourge
Chapter 11: False Orders
Chapter 12: Captive Eagle
Chapter 13: Herr Doktor Krueger’s Secret
Chapter 14: The Mysterious Dungeon
Chapter 15: Vengeance of the Fiend Doctor
Chapter 16: Avenging Aces
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.