G-8 and His Battle Aces #47 Audiobook
Vengeance of the Vikings
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!
Black night hung over Paris, concealing the Death in the sky, and concealing from all men but the Master Spy the horrible fate that awaited them! Out of the dark ages of history, through a thousand tortured years, comes the Vengeance of the Vikings on the screaming wings of Doom!
Death rays, deadly plagues, and other scientific abominations featured at the heart of conflict in many of the G-8 tales penned by Robert J. Hogan. This made G-8 something more than a typical Aviation hero. Even green Martians and resurrected Vikings make an appearance in G-8’s rogues gallery, assuring that his stories were, at least until the future war fought by Popular’s Dusty Ayers, the definition of weird war tales.
Every good hero must have villains that just won’t die, and G-8 was no exception. Foreshadowing characters like Doctor Doom, Steel Mask was an enemy that brought his own iron version of evil to bear on the Battle Aces more than once, hiding his mutilated face with an obviously steel mask. He held G-8 responsible for his affliction, due to America’s Master Spy bringing down a blimp in literal flames. Other villainous types returned as well, including the Raven, Chu Lung, and Grun the Primeval.
None, however, came back as often or with the determined ferocity of G-8’s primary nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. Returning again and again over the entire 110 adventures after appearing in the very first story, Krueger truly proved to be a mad genius that could have won the war for his side, were it not for 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 nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Vengeance of the Vikings. Originally published in the August, 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 Strikes in the Night
Chapter 2: Phantom of the Night
Chapter 3: The Light of Death
Chapter 4: Satan’s Chapels
Chapter 5: Crash in the Night
Chapter 6: Capture
Chapter 7: Held for Death
Chapter 8: Wings at Sea
Chapter 9: Release from Hell
Chapter 10: Lair of the Vikings
Chapter 11: Torture
Chapter 12: The Flight 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.