The Spider #103 Audiobook
Slaves of the Ring
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
An ill newspaper editor, his daughter, a hard-hitting reporter, and a tough newstruck driver — these were the tiny nucleus Richard Wentworth must build into an Army of Liberty, to save the fear-paralyzed people of the State of New Amsterdam from as powerful and ruthless a murder-clique as ever ruled a captured European province! Failure was certain, Wentworth knew, unless the Spider could soar to new heights of brilliance, valor and leadership!
Driven, deadly, the Spider was a daredevil caught between the law that branded him as a criminal and the underworld he terrorized with his metallic laugh and searing lead.
The most compelling of the classic pulp heroes, Richard Wentworth had a fiancé, a coterie of equally committed aides, and a tense relationship with New York Police Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick, Wentworth’s best friend, but also a dedicated lawman sworn to send the Spider to the electric chair—no matter who he turns out to be.
These riveting stories ran the gamut of incendiary thrillers to ultra-violent showdowns. A new Manhattan skyline has arisen over the penthouses, nightclubs, breadlines, and ghettos of the Big Apple. With the repeal of Prohibition, wealthy gangsters are in search for new rackets. And standing ready to keep them in check, the dreaded Spider.
Nick Santa Maria again takes on the dual role of Richard Wentworth, aka the Spider, Master of Men, for this powerful story. Slaves of the Ring originally published in The Spider magazine, April, 1942.
Chapter 1: Death-Badge Hussars
Chapter 2: The Spider Speaks
Chapter 3: Under Arrest!
Chapter 4: Hour of Trial
Chapter 5: To the Rescue!
Chapter 6: The Brain
Chapter 7: Fight!
Chapter 8: A Slave Rebels
Chapter 9: Triumph — For Crime!
Chapter 10: From the Ashes
Chapter 11: L for Liberty
Chapter 12: Under Siege
Chapter 13: Break-Through
Chapter 14: Through the Night
Chapter 15: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Chapter 16: Liberty — or Death!
Chapter 17: Conquer — or Die!
Chapter 18: Crown of Glory
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. |