G-8 and His Battle Aces #51 Audiobook
Drome of the Damned
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!
Steel fists beat without mercy upon the hapless and tortured victims of the sky and the Drome of the Damned is the City of the Dead!
What rotten scourge is crawling down the sky when planes burst into flame for no apparent cause? What distorted human brain walks hand in hand with Death and rips men’s lives to bloody, screaming shreds? What bargain with the Devil has Stahlmaske made? G-8 once more beats upon the gates of Hell with Courage as his only weapon!
G-8 stood out from other Pulp heroes in that, although he had a certain skill set, he was, at his heart, just another soldier fighting in a War for his country. He was not the peak of human perfection like Doc Savage, or a dark avenger like The Shadow. He was a pilot taking on unbelievable odds.
This aspect of G-8 owed quite a lot to the history of his creator. Although Popular Publications’ President Harry Steeger and editor Roger Terrell contributed some to the basic concept, the true credit for the origin of G-8 rests with his original author, Robert J. Hogan.
Fascinated with flying since he was a child, Hogan actually became a part of the flying corps formed in World War One. The first war that flight was actually a real factor in was also the war that Hogan would not see any overseas action in. Even without that experience, however, the training he received while in the corps, as well as work he did as a pilot doing demonstrations after the war, proved invaluable to the accuracy and realism concerning airplanes and flight in the G-8 stories.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a savage nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Drome of the Damned. Originally published in the December 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: Condemned to Death
Chapter 2: The Devil’s Deal
Chapter 3: Satan Spins a Web
Chapter 4: Blood Blockade
Chapter 5: Wings over Paris
Chapter 6: The Razor Murders
Chapter 7: The Fist of Steel
Chapter 8: Battle Fights Alone
Chapter 9: Death at Le Bourget
Chapter 10: Cloud Killers
Chapter 11: Death at Five Thousand
Chapter 12: The House of Ghosts
Chapter 13: Doorway to Hell
Chapter 14: False Trails
Chapter 15: Wings of Doom
Chapter 16: Hell’s Holiday
Chapter 17: Fallen Falcons
Chapter 18: Homeward Flight
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.