G-8 and His Battle Aces #74 Audiobook
Red Fangs of the Sky Emperor
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!
“You can’t escape the Death that awaits you —!”
And in the still of the night, in the hangar at Le Bourget, Death creeps slowly, steadily along — then strikes!
There is a price upon the life of the Master Spy! — for each drop of his blood they shall pay in gold! G-8 does not know the fate that awaits him while Fokkers carry strange death through the skies where they spread their wings.
Of all the genres covered by Pulp Fiction, Aviation Pulp is unique in a sense. Although it burned brightly for a relatively short period of time during the heyday of Pulp magazines, the nostalgic interest in aviation, particularly that of World War One, gave birth to one of the most endearing Pulp characters ever created, G-8.
Referred to many fans today either as Aviation or Aviator Pulp, or even Flying Pulp, this type of story gained a name all its own during the era it was most popular. According to sources, writers of Pulp tales featuring pilots and aerial warfare referred to what they wrote as ‘Yammering Guns’, based on a comment made by one of the writers of such stories. The phrase refers to the noisiness of battles between airplanes fighting in mid air, firing bullets at one another from machine guns.
Standing out as a sterling example of Yammering Guns Fiction, G-8 and His Battle Aces also skirted the fine line between that and Weird Menace. From tentacled floating beasts to resurrected Vikings and tiger men, the variety of villains that the Master Spy tackled lent itself to stories more reminiscent of Lovecraft or Howard.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat an evil nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Red Fangs of the Sky Emperor. Originally published in the November, 1939 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: Passage to Doom
Chapter 2: A Fiend at Large
Chapter 3: Voice of the Damned
Chapter 4: Merchants of Death
Chapter 5: Murder Will Wait
Chapter 6: Dawn Attack
Chapter 7: Attack
Chapter 8: A Trick in the Dark
Chapter 9: Holiday of Death
Chapter 10: G-8 Strikes Back
Chapter 11: Agents of Doom
Chapter 12: A Night for Murder
Chapter 13: Battle’s Revenge
Chapter 14: Low Ceiling for Aces
Chapter 15: Pursuit
Chapter 16: The Vanishing Ace
Chapter 17: The Price of Glory
Chapter 18: Brothers of Death
Chapter 19: The Devil’s Bargain
Chapter 20: Flight of the Battle Aces
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.