G-8 and His Battle Aces #40 Audiobook
Scourge of the Steel Mask
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!
He came from the very fires of Hell to blight the Living, and he cared not for the cost of his Lust! G-8 has found himself at last, opposed to a fiend he cannot hope to fight — a fiend whose Aides have been taken from the Dregs of the Earth, and whose Hate is fiercer than the forces of the Sky! An accident they called him, cast off by Fate in its relentless march. But Death he was to the living — and a walking ghost to the Dead! He lived on his island of Hate which was set in a Sea of Blood. And he cared for no man. It was G-8 who had to meet this living scourge and match with his human courage and brains, a Lust and a Hate and a Scorn for Life such as The Earth Has Never Known!
Pulp magazines gave birth in many ways to the fantastic sort of heroes that would explode into four color life in comic books in the late 1930s, characters with superhuman abilities, powers to confuse men and to blend into the darkness, and more. Yet one character fought his way through nearly 11 years of nightmarish sky battles against enemies that would make most good men weep and he, albeit at the top of his game, had no powers, no heightened senses. G-8, as created by Robert J. Hogan, was a top pilot and an unequaled spy with skills like no other, yet one of the greatest appeals this high flying pilot had for fans then and now was that he was, in a way, just another guy like them, a regular joe who wanted to do his part. For that reason, G-8 still flies in the hearts of fans.
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 ‘Scourge of the Steel Mask’. Originally published in the January 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: Death Does Not Sleep
Chapter 2: Black Forest Magic
Chapter 3: Herr Stahlmaske
Chapter 4: The Devil's Messenger
Chapter 5: Battle's Sacrifice
Chapter 6: Bull Cleans House
Chapter 7: Special Mission
Chapter 8: The Spy at Work
Chapter 9: Man of the Night
Chapter 10: Wings of Disaster
Chapter 11: Stahlmaske Strikes
Chapter 12: Aces Wild!
Chapter 13: Death Rides the Dawn
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.