Jake Sampson: Gods of War


BrokenSea Audio Productions’ “Jake Sampson: Monster Hunter” series is excellent, but provides me with a challenge. Being a series of 4 and 5 part serials, it makes it very tough to choose a favorite episode. The best solution I could come up with is to share my favorite story-arc.

The series is a pulp inspired 1930s adventure show starring Mark Kalita as Jake Sampson. Kalita could be called online audio drama’s answer to William Conrad. His voice is completely different, but his body of work must rival Conrad’s OTR appearances. Sampson is joined on his adventures by pilot Texas Holdem and former lion tamer Lucy Carter. The show incorperates historical figures, such as authors Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, along with fictional characters like John Carter and Fu Manchu. All of these elements exist in the same pulp-tastic universe.

“Gods of War” is the fifth Jake Sampson story, and my favorite. This story was written by Bill Hollweg, who always sounds like he’s having the time of his life in the role of Texas Holdem. Throw together Winston Churchill, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fu Manchu and Barsoom, and you have a pulp adventure like no other. I hope you listen to it all, and enjoy it as much as I do.

“The Gods of War” (parts 1-5)
Cast: Mark Kalita, Bill Hollweg, Natasha Lathrop, David Sobkowiak, Paul Mannering, Elie Hirschman, Chris Williams, Matt Weller, Joe Stofko, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, Gareth Preston, Chris Barnes, Perry Whittle, Glen Witco Sheetz, Garry Cobbum, Carl Woods, Jack Ward, Alan Sobkowiak, Stevie Farnaby, Paetar Frandsen, David Drage
Writer: Bill Hollweg
Producer: Bill Hollweg

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7 thoughts on “Jake Sampson: Gods of War

  1. Bill Hollweg January 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Mikey- I am honored beyond words for your kind review my friend!

    Bill “Texas Holdum” Hollweg

  2. dsobkowiak January 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for the kind words. This was a fun episode to record and as always Bill’s portrayal of Tex brings a smile every time!


  3. mikeydean January 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Thanks for reading, gentlemen. And thanks for the hours of listening enjoyment.

  4. MAK January 6, 2013 at 12:24 am Reply

    Glad you’re enjoying all of our strange, pulpy adventures, Mikey…because, of course, “Where there’s strange, there’s always Sampson!”

    ~ MAK

  5. Lothar Tuppan January 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Jake Sampson is one of my favorite shows as well. Glad to see it get some love in the blogosphere!!!

  6. mikeydean January 7, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    Thanks for dropping by, guys. Jake Sampson is one of three shows (the others being “Red Panda Adventures” and “Black Jack Justice”) that I’m surprised isn’t more well known, or at least discussed, in either the comic book or pulp fan circles. Speaking of that, how awesome would a Jake Sampson pulp novel or comic be?

    • MAK January 8, 2013 at 5:50 am Reply

      There’s been talk a couple times over the years…. However, right now we have our hands pretty full just with our assorted audio and writing projects. But as they often say, “never say never.”

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