G-8 and His Battle Aces #27 Audiobook
Staffel of the Floating Heads
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!
G-8 saw the grim visitor from the grave; stood startled while the phantom spoke its words of doom... “Lieutenant Macon,” it said, “you have killed me. You have taken my life when I did you no harm. You saw me die and fall — like this. Look at me now, and be cursed for your murder. I will haunt you until the end of your days.” G-8 didn’t believe in ghosts... until that haunting apparition took form before his eyes and all hell emptied from the graves in Flanders! Floating heads spit Spandaus steel... Sending G-8 on the bloodiest mission ever launched in crimson skies!
The 1930s saw a level of innovation in American fiction possibly like no other period in the 20th Century, largely due to the work being published in pulp magazines. Authors were taking established genres in different directions, but something even more imaginative occurred. Genres were no longer viewed as separate things, but classifications that could share tropes, that could be blended together. No one did this better or with more fantastic results than Robert J. Hogan in his G-8 stories.
Not only did fans find high flying aviation adventure when reading G-8, they were also entertained by both subtle and glaring elements of horror. Undead pilots and literal monsters filled the skies, but Hogan also infused each G-8 tale with a tension akin to horror stories, a real sense of dread and fear of whatever evil G-8 fought, and that America’s Master Spy might succumb to the terror himself.
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 ‘Staffel of the Floating Heads’. Originally published in the December 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: Wings of the Dead
Chapter 2: Staffel of Fear
Chapter 3: The Ace of Spads
Chapter 4: Courier From Hell
Chapter 5: A Ghost Walks
Chapter 6: Phantom Death
Chapter 7: Death by Design
Chapter 8: Parade of Phantoms
Chapter 9: The Devil’s Trap
Chapter 10: Doom’s Master
Chapter 11: Fields of the Dead
Chapter 12: Suspicion
Chapter 13: The Eagle Strikes
Chapter 14: Mask of Death
Chapter 15: Escape
Chapter 16: Hurricane 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.