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Spider Audiobook # 1 The Spider Strikes - 5 hours [Audio CDs] #RA442
The Spider Audiobook - #  1 The Spider Strikes


 
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The Spider #1 Audiobook
The Spider Strikes
by R. T. M. Scott
Read by Nick Santa Maria
 
 
Meet the Spider — master of men! More just than the Law... more dangerous than the Underworld. Hated, wanted, feared by both! Alone and desperate, he wages deadly, one-man war against the super-criminal whose long-planned crime-coup will snuff a thousand lives! Can the Spider prevent this slaughter of innocents?
 
In the summer of 1933, Popular Publications President Harry Steeger and his executive editor, Rogers Terrill, decided to enter the new field of magazines built around a single hero. They wanted to publish a crimebuster to rival a famous pulp juggernaut. Steeger frankly admitted in later years, “The reason we started the title The Spider was because of the success of Street & Smith’s The Shadow. At this point in pulp history individual titles became very popular, so we decided to try out a few ourselves.”
 
The author chosen to pen the first Spider tale was a famous mystery and suspense novelist whose preferred byline was R. T. M. Scott. More than a dozen years before, Scott became famous for his stories and novels featuring Secret Service Smith, a government agent who later became a consulting detective for hire. It's clear that Scott modeled this new hero for the Depression generation after his previous protagonist.
 
The Spider Strikes establishes the essentials of this exciting series. Richard Wentworth is reckless, cold-blooded, and perfectly willing to play dangerous game between the law who seeks his capture and the enemies of the law he is sworn to track down. While his motivations are unclear, his single-minded determination is without question. He is a hunter of criminals, and in his debut novel he becomes a hunter of supercriminals in the form of the mysterious Mr. X.
 
So go now with Richard Wentworth, alias the Spider, as he tackles his first great case and comes face-to-face with the diabolical Mr. X.
 
Nick Santa Maria brings the action to electrifying life. Originally published in The Spider magazine, October, 1933.
 
Chapter 1: The Man Who Sought to Die
Chapter 2: Seal of the Spider
Chapter 3: The Body on the Floor
Chapter 4: Spider Bait
Chapter 5: The Cigarette Lighter
Chapter 6: Another Who Wished to Die
Chapter 7: The Man in the Mask
Chapter 8: The Molly Ann
Chapter 9: Into the Night
Chapter 10: A Tryst With Death
Chapter 11: The Man in the Mask
Chapter 12: Wentworth Tastes Fear
Chapter 13: Sparks Reports
Chapter 14: The Dark House
Chapter 15: The Spider Fights Death
Chapter 16: A Life In the Balance
Chapter 17: Sparks’ Last Story
Chapter 18: The Doctor Returns
Chapter 19: The Spider Strikes
Chapter 20: Under Sentence of Death
Chapter 21: The Spider Amuck!
 

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 WoodsI 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 ShowB.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.

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A spider bite of a tale! March 14, 2018
Reviewer: Raymond Johnson from NEW CONCORD, OH United States  
While he may have never had his own OTR program, the Spider is stil a fondly remembered Pulp character, and while he may have been a rival to the Shadow he stands side by side with him today as iconic as a pulp hero can be.

This may not be a remastered radio program, but it certainly plays like one.  The narration is fantastic, and Santa Maria captures the tone of those golden days of radio.  He most certainly has a nice noir quality in his reading.  If you know the Spider at all then you will enjoy this audiobook.  The quality is outstanding and the action will entangle you in a web of intrigue.  This is pure pulp at its finest.

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