The Spider #9 Audiobook
Satan's Death Blast
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
How to fight a menace which strikes without warning — which disintegrates flesh and blood and stone to mere chemical atoms! Men fled in blind panic from the merest rumor of a new attack, and even the Spider — dodging the death blasts — can find at first no weapon with which to combat this new and devastating evil which obliterates its victims in the fraction of time between two heart-beats!
This is the challenge Richard Wentworth, alias the Spider, faces as he plunges into the cauldron of crime exemplified by Satan’s Death Blast. Albany, New York was the first city to face obliteration. Then the Devil moved on to other cities of New York State, and finally set his diabolic sights on Manhattan, demanding a ransom of 75 million dollars to spare the most densely populated city in the United States.
The Master of Men faced two grim challenges. What mysterious force was so powerful that it could detonate a victim into dust-like motes unrecognizab le as human. And who was His Satanic Majesty, The Devil?
Once again, Norvell Page delivers a riveting account of the Spider’s urgent crusade to crush a super-criminal who challenges the combined forces of law and order. As never before, Richard Wentworth hurls himself into a hellish cauldron, prepared to sacrifice his reputation, his life, even his very soul to defeat a foe to whom mercy is a foreign word. When his faithful servant, Ram Singh, turns against his master, Wentworth understands that he faces an enemy who can reach into his inner circle.
But how can the Spider run his quarry to earth when he himself is gunned down and incapacitated while the Devil and his lethal minions run unchecked?
Nick Santa Maria reads Satan’s Death Blast with the crackling intensity you have come to expect of his superb talent. Originally published in The Spider magazine, June, 1934.
Chapter 1: The Spider Falls
Chapter 2: Beach Goes Up in Dust
Chapter 3: The Devil Strikes
Chapter 4: Ram Singh, the Faithful
Chapter 5: A Vain Battle
Chapter 6: Arrested for Kidnaping
Chapter 7: A Desperate Trick
Chapter 8: The Road to Hell
Chapter 9: Cavern of Horror
Chapter 10: The Lake of Death
Chapter 11: The Spider Is Shot
Chapter 12: Nita Is False!
Chapter 13: Night Attack
Chapter 14: To Save the Governor
Chapter 15: The Battle for Albany
Chapter 16: The Spider and the Traitor
Chapter 17: Ambush of the Cavern
Chapter 18: Three Men Die
Chapter 19: In Hell
Chapter 20: A Daring Plan
Chapter 21: Blast of Judgment
Chapter 22: Crazy Man
Chapter 23: The Red Cloak
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. |