G-8 and His Battle Aces #21 Audiobook
The Sword Staffel
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 brain is mightier than the sword,” Herr Doktor Krueger cackled, “but not this sword. This is a sword with brains as well as sharp edges and strength. If I should so order it would jump forward from my bed and plunge itself into your heart”... It sounded like a madman’s boasting — but the Herr Doktor was far from mad. He was ready to launch against the Allies the most terrifying sky horror of the war — the staffel of death swords! They patrolled Allied cloud lanes — ghostly figures whose only weapon was a rapier. Bullets couldn’t stop them — no man faced their phantom vengeance and lived. But G-8 took up the challenge, pitted fighting wings against the deadliest, strangest staffel in death skies. Could G-8 battle this menace? Could he dare try to crush a phantom squadron with fighting wings?
With a nearly eleven year run, G-8 and His Battle Aces was the longest lasting continual series featuring an aviation hero, not to mention one who fought nightmarish monsters month in and month out. From October 1933 to June 1944, author Robert J. Hogan turned out a full length G-8 adventure a month along with multiple other pulp tales he wrote. At one time, Hogan was believed to be writing over 2 million words yearly for pulp magazines, a record for Pulp authors. Not only did Hogan do this writing about a World War One flying ace decades after the War to End All Wars. G-8 continued to fly into danger into and almost completely through World War II, still fighting the Great War.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a deadly nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in ‘The Sword Staffel’. Originally published in the June 1935 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: The Magic Sword
Chapter 2: Fokker Bait
Chapter 3: Bullet-Proof Aces
Chapter 4: Behind the Lines
Chapter 5: Eaglet Trap
Chapter 6: Prisoner of War
Chapter 7: Dynamite Twins
Chapter 8: The Hellion Cub
Chapter 9: "Let Go With the Guns!"
Chapter 10: "Attack at Dawn!"
Chapter 11: The Devil's Forge
Chapter 12: The Phantom Swordsman
Chapter 13: Staffel of Swords
Chapter 14: Death Trap
Chapter 15: Prison Aces
Chapter 16: T.N.T. Patrol
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.