G-8 and His Battle Aces #38 Audiobook
Death Rides the Ceiling
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!
The breath of fire is scorching the heavens, leaving in its wake the dead and the mourned! G-8 is fighting this relentless scourge — fighting with his brains and his heart and his soul. Red skies alight with the Messengers of Doom who feed upon the living in the hungry game of war! G-8 felt the ghastly burden on his wings — knew that he was powerless to fight against it. What is one man against a foe he cannot understand? — what is the good of courage without the guns to back it up? Yet G-8 also knew that while Death Rode the ceiling, it rode with his comrades who must not die! Powerless and helpless as he was, the Master Spy chose to fight!
In the early 1930s, Harry Steeger, the man running Popular Publications, found himself faced with a problem. Another publisher, Street & Smith, had a runaway success with their The Shadow magazine, a tale of a dark hero weeding out crime vigilante style. Steeger wanted something of a similar sort for Popular, so he set out to have a series created that might give him a bite of The Shadow’s apple. Two heroes resulted from Steeger’s desire, one that many felt was similar to The Shadow, yet carried insanity and murder to a new level in storytelling-The Spider. The second character, however, was one that would take what had already become a pulp trope and turn it on its ear. Left in the capable hands of pilot and author Robert J. Hogan, this series would redefine aviation pulp and war stories for decades - G-8 and His Battle Aces!
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 ‘Death Rides the Ceiling’. Originally published in the November 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: Flight of the Fiend
Chapter 2: Wings of Mystery
Chapter 3: The Fiend Vanishes
Chapter 4: Capture
Chapter 5: Cornered
Chapter 6: Mystery Walks the Night
Chapter 7: Claws of the Vulture
Chapter 8: Phantoms on Parade
Chapter 9: Prey of the Vulture
Chapter 10: The Eagle Flies Again
Chapter 11: Crashed Squadrons
Chapter 12: The Fallen Ace
Chapter 13: Burning Flesh
Chapter 14: The Phantom Fokkers
Chapter 15: Death Rides High!
Chapter 16: The Devil’s Masterpiece
Chapter 17: Human Bombs
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.