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Spider Audiobook # 80 The Spider and the War Emperor - 5 hours [Audio CDs] #RA641
The Spider Audiobook - # 80 The Spider and the War Emperor


 
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The Spider #80 Audiobook
The Spider and the War Emperor
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
 
 
When an American steel magnate commits suicide in public... when a senator’s secretary blows his head off in the Senate Chamber... when Richard Wentworth, alias the Spider, is forced to watch in silence while the prince of an Oriental Underworld tortures Nita van Sloan... then indeed has the Master of Men met an adversary to test his brilliant courage to the utmost!
 
For two years, Norvell W. Page and his understudy, Wayne Rogers, alternated on writing the Spider novels. This was after Page came back from a hiatus in the middle of 1937.
 
A transplanted Virginian, Norvell W. Page took Spider readers on a roller-coaster ride of wild action and fevered emotion unlike anything ever published before or since. Once he got going, he painted a portrait of a tortured superhero, one much more emblematic of the 21st century than of the Great Depression.
 
For Richard Wentworth saw himself as a man on a holy mission, a self-appointed messiah with a martyr complex. A Christ covered in cobwebs:
 
He was the champion of oppressed humanity, its shield and protector against the murderous outbreaks of the Underworld; wherever crime struck terribly, that way he hastened, taking up the challenge. The police had offered rewards totaling thousands of dollars for his capture “dead or alive.” And the Underworld hated him, and plotted his destruction with a fierceness bred of abject terror.
 
But the Spider was indifferent alike to proscription by the Underworld and dogged persecution by police. Evading their bullets and traps, he continued to fight his thankless battle as humanity’s paladin....
 
Nick Santa Maria again takes on the dual role of Richard Wentworth, aka the Spider, Master of Men, for this powerful story. The Spider and the War Emperor originally published in The Spider magazine, May, 1940.
 
Chapter 1: When Death Commands
Chapter 2: The Spider Walks
Chapter 3: Death Below
Chapter 4: Murder Trap
Chapter 5: A Fool Babbles
Chapter 6: The Master’s Trail
Chapter 7: The Chinese Key
 

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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November 6, 2018
Reviewer: Richard Sommerfeld from Winter Springs, FL United States  
Usually listen in the car as I drive, I find I am making up more places to go so I can listen to more of Richard Wentworth's adventures!

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