G-8 and His Battle Aces #57 Audiobook
Patrol of the Iron Hand
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!
Death walks the world in an iron garb and sleeps in the dismal caves of Hell! Stahlmaske once more roams the Front — and the bodies of the damned lie strewn in his wake! The steel Monster of Death rolled on — its hungry jaws reached greedily for the lives of G-8’s comrades. Yet G-8 flies on futile wings to his showdown with Death — where courage is stronger than the stoutest steel — and he can see inside the gaping jaws of Hell!
One reason that G-8 and His Battle Aces proved so popular in the golden age of Pulp Fiction and still are well known among fans of today is the sheer strangeness of the enemies the Master Spy fought. Hellish, monstrous creatures fought on the sides of the Central Powers, eager and hungry, literally sometimes, for the blood of G-8. Death rays, deadly plagues, and other scientific abominations also featured at the heart of conflict in many of the tales penned by Robert J. Hogan. 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.
Steel Mask was a villain that would attempt to destroy G-8 again and again. Wearing his namesake to cover a mutilated face, he blamed G-8 for his hideous visage. A blimp shot down by America’s Master Spy crashed to the ground, burning, and left Steel Mask not only scarred permanently, but on a flight path into vengeance forever. Other villains would haunt G-8 for similar reasons.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a mechanical nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Patrol of the Iron Hand. Originally published in the June, 1938 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: A Fiend Wields the Whip
Chapter 2: Night Raiders
Chapter 3: Buzzards and Bombs
Chapter 4: The Challenge
Chapter 5: Ghost Guns
Chapter 6: Prisoners
Chapter 7: The Farm in the Forest
Chapter 8: Battle Hangs On
Chapter 9: To the Rescue
Chapter 10: The Battle with the Brutes
Chapter 11: A Desperate Chance
Chapter 12: A Monster of Death
Chapter 13: Horror Strikes
Chapter 14: Death Rides High
Chapter 15: Path of the Damned
Chapter 16: Death Strikes Again
Chapter 17: Murder Mission
Chapter 18: The Master Spy at Bay
Chapter 19: Password to Hell
Chapter 20: The Devil Takes a Holiday
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.