G-8 and His Battle Aces #39 Audiobook
Patrol of the Mad
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!
They reached with their ugly hands of disaster, guided by the madness of their tortured minds — caring not what they swept in their wake so long as they fed the fires of blood lust! Allied pilots lost, and then returned as gibbering idiots! Germany’s forces swept the air, and the end was now in sight, if the Master Spy and his Aces could not combat this terrible menace! G‑8 squares off with the genius of a madman!
Created to compete in the Hero Pulp market, G-8 flew into that particular fray in a rather unique way. Not a super scientist or a shrouded vigilante or even a double pistol wielding mask wearing maniac, G-8 was simply a soldier fighting for his country. This was one of the several aspects of the character that made him stand out from not only the other heroes trying to save the world through Pulp Fiction, but the multitude of pilots flying off the newsstands.
Featured in 110 stories in just over a ten year period, G-8 and His Battle Aces, while being essentially normal men doing exceptional things, came into conflict with terrors that no real soldier in World War One ever confronted. Created by Robert J. Hogan, G-8 was literally America’s Master Spy, a man without a given name through his entire Pulp series. Obviously a skilled pilot, G-8 proved in every story to be as skilled in espionage as he was in aviation. A master of disguise, a skill he learned from his manservant appropriately named Battle, G-8 often undertook missions that took him deep into enemy territory, literally at times into the den of the beasts he fought.
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 Patrol of the Mad. Originally published in the December, 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 Man Without a Soul
Chapter 2: Battle Aces in Dutch
Chapter 3: Help from Hell
Chapter 4: Escape
Chapter 5: Threat of Death
Chapter 6: Lost Aces Return
Chapter 7: Death in a Padded Cell
Chapter 8: The Zero Hour
Chapter 9: Hell’s Holiday
Chapter 10: Abduction in the Night
Chapter 11: Bombs Before Dawn
Chapter 12: The Order of the Damned
Chapter 13: Herr Butscher
Chapter 14: The Operation
Chapter 15: The Trap
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.