G-8 and His Battle Aces #44 Audiobook
Flight of the Dragon
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 rode like the wind across the sky, in the guise of a monster such as no man had seen before. All men were the prey of the Dragon whose hunting grounds were the open sky! Planes could not match him; guns could not destroy the beast who threatens the lives of the Allies.
The flames of destruction are closing about the Master Spy. How long can one man fight on his courage alone? G-8 may pay the ultimate price to find out!
Although the leader of the group, G-8 was not a lone wolf. Accompanied on most missions by the two men making up the Battle Aces, G-8 relied on Bull Martin and Nippy Weston to fight alongside him and have his back. And, as written by Hogan, the two of them did just that, often nearly losing their own lives in the process.
Bull Martin may not have been long on brains, but he definitely had muscle. Even though he was often at odds with Nippy, Bull only ever used his particular two fisted skills when he or his companions were threatened and always to defend his country. Bull also proved, though, to be rather superstitious. This comes up often in the stories, but is exemplified best by the number of the plane he flies 7.
Almost the opposite of Bull, as was sort of the pattern for sidekicks in Pulp Fiction, Nippy Weston was small only in stature. A fair hand with fighting himself, Nippy acted as mechanic, but also spent a fair amount of time antagonizing Bull. Just as Bull proved his superstition by the numbering of his plane, Nippy maintained he was in no way superstitious, proving it by numbering his own plane 13.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a destructive nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Flight of the Dragon. Originally published in the May, 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: The Dragon’s Challenge
Chapter 2: Special Mission
Chapter 3: The Dragon’s Lair
Chapter 4: Eggs for the Dragon
Chapter 5: Trapped
Chapter 6: The Secret of V-7
Chapter 7: The Trail of Chu Lung
Chapter 8: Devil’s Hideaway
Chapter 9: The Den of Death
Chapter 10: Escape
Chapter 11: Phantom Zeppelins
Chapter 12: The Secret Door
Chapter 13: The Night Visitant
Chapter 14: Fugitive from Death
Chapter 15: Flaming Skies
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.