G-8 and His Battle Aces #42 Audiobook
Fangs of the Sky Leopard
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 greatest fighters among you will die first!”
This message was not a lie. It came swiftly and frighteningly, written for all to see in the blood of the brave. What strange strength had been given to these beasts that was denied to other men? What forces have made courage useless and the honor of men a travesty? The Leopard Men, rampant, anxious to kill — determined to murder the Master Spy!
As a team, The Battle Aces took on multiple missions, largely against the Germans as depicted in Robert J. Hogan’s version of World War One. G-8 and his men handled espionage, air and ground special forces type duties, and anything aerial, from reconnaissance to raids. The pacing of the G-8 stories seemed, believe it or not, faster than most Pulp tales, primarily because they were taking on missions during a war and everything had a sense of tension, of time being of the essence. This added to the impact of the story for the readers, making them invested in whether or not G-8 won the day.
Although the most frequently featured, the Battle Aces weren’t G-8’s only supporting cast. Adding a rather unique twist to things, G-8 had the services and loyalty of Battle, a British manservant, a butler of sorts. Battle did more, however, than simply look after his master in his off hours. Involved in several stories as a sort of ground troop, Battle provided assistance to the Battle Aces whenever he could. He was also responsible for G-8’s mastery of disguise, having learned himself from a master actor.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a feline nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Fangs of the Sky Leopard. Originally published in the March, 1937 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: Death’s First Warning
Chapter 2: Midnight
Chapter 3: Spotted Death
Chapter 4: Searching Huns
Chapter 5: The Baron’s Accusation
Chapter 6: The Sky Horde
Chapter 7: Leopards Stalk the Night
Chapter 8: Mr. Ronald Timbley’s Secret
Chapter 9: Death Strikes the Mighty
Chapter 10: The Dead Return
Chapter 11: The Mystery of the Baron
Chapter 12: Battle Holds the Fort
Chapter 13: An Eagle is Freed
Chapter 14: Drums of 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.