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Spider Audiobook # 7 The Serpent of Destruction - 5 hours [Audio CDs] #RA507
The Spider Audiobook #7 The Serpent of Destruction


 
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The Spider #7 Audiobook
The Serpent of Destruction
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
 
 
When the Underworld united in one compact army of crime, the Spider — his prestige gone — faced the most vicious collection of criminals and degenerate killers ever assembled under one dark banner of bloody social war! How can Richard Wentworth, robbed of Kirkpatrick and Nita, renew the Spider-fear which alone can bring him victory from a menace that is making casualty columns of our daily papers and filling our institutions with driveling victims of the new madness?
 
“It’s smart to be dopey!” This was the slogan dancing on the laughing lips of the so-called Smart Set in this hard-hitting Spider novel. According to the slang of 1934, “dope” stood for heroin. And a criminal genius calling himself the Bloody Serpent was its chief pusher.
 
With the Repeal of Prohibition, alcohol is now legal. The speakeasies have reopened as legitimate saloons. Bootleggers and their illegal brewers have been thrown out of business. America is celebrating—but also looking for a new illicit kick.
 
Amid this historic upheaval, the Bloody Serpent senses a fresh opportunity. Organizing the New York underworld under his wicked banner, he begins a systematic campaign to undermine law and order—the better to push his narcotic wares on the city’s gullible uppercrust. No wonder they called him The Serpent of Destruction!
 
First, Commissioner Kirkpatrick is framed and disgraced. Then Nita van Sloan is kidnapped with the cruel intention of turning her into pathetic dope addict. Criminals, once cowing in terror of the Spider’s awesome wrath, now laughed at his name, their old arachnophobia gone.
 
That was when the Spider decided to armor himself with a new array of weapons—deadly devices so terrible that they would reinflict the dread that the Master of Men had built up in the criminal underworld—and vowing to wage “War to the hilt!”
 
Nick Santa Maria reads this riveting Spider thriller. Originally published in The Spider magazine, April, 1934.
 
Chapter 1: Serpent of Blood
Chapter 2: The Serpent of Glass
Chapter 3: Murder — In Job Lots
Chapter 4: The Quicklime Pit
Chapter 5: The Serpent’s Crimson Trail
Chapter 6: It’s Smart to be Dopey
Chapter 7: The Serpent Strikes
Chapter 8: “On the House”
Chapter 9: The Spider Prepares for War
Chapter 10: The Spider’s Fangs
Chapter 11: The Serpent Ring
Chapter 12: The Spider is Trapped
Chapter 13: Nita Is Kidnapped
Chapter 14: Two Against Twenty!
Chapter 15: The Dim Trail
Chapter 16: Cell of Madness
Chapter 17: The Spider is Generous
 

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.

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Great Pulp Fun! June 7, 2015
Reviewer: Joseph Baneth Allen from Jacksonville, FL United States  
Just finished listening to "The Spider #7 - The Serpent of Destruction" released by Radio Archives.
"The Serpent of Destruction" is a thought provoking adventure of The Spider.  While some may readily dismiss the anti-dope message liberally sprinkled this latest chronicle of Richard Wentworth's crime-busting activities, what makes this pulp adventure intriguing is that Norvell W. Page correctly predicted brand labels for illicit drugs.
There are parallels in this pulp adventure that mirror today's drug culture in many ways - especially the drug parties where dancing to live bands is prevalent.
What is also intriguing about this adventure of The Spider is that, I believe, it's the first time Richard Wentworth ties his hands by putting himself under a deadline of just one week to clear an innocent man on death row
Great Pulp Fun!
Strongly Recommended!
Five Stars!



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