Space Taxis


Fiction - Science Fiction
342 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2020
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Author Biography

Adam wasted much of his youth watching Star Trek on the TV and films like Planet of the Apes and Alien on the big screen. He redeemed himself by becoming a surgeon but has since graduated from writing articles for science journals into writing his own Sci Fi and Alternate History stories. As a writer he is dedicated to giving his readers a great story laced with strong, fun and scary characters. Descended from Jewish refugees who escaped from the pogroms, he is haunted by the stories of the Holocaust but inspired by heroes who put themselves at risk to save others. Adam likes to hear from his readers. You can find him at http://adamfroshauthor.com or on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdamFroshAuthor

Harriet will never be able to let go of Greek gods. No, not the sculpted Adonis-like figures on the beach, but the ancient ones.

Loving all things mythological, her writing incorporates myths and legends from around the world. Her other fascination is with the criminal mind, and you can expect to see a blend of these two interests in her writing.

As a student of English, she spends her day critiquing literature and her evenings creating exciting characters and fun stories.

Harriet is also an artist, and she would like to hear from her readers and those interested in her art. You can get in contact at http://harrietfrosh.com/

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Space Taxis by Adam Frosh and Harriet Frosh is a complex and yet wonderful science fiction/fantasy yarn set in the 1970s that takes readers through two timelines in the most cohesive manner. Mike Redolfo had a habit of helping people in need, and that was what cost him his job. He hoped to drown his sorrows in alcohol, but his plans were foiled when he was abducted by aliens. Taken to Catuvell City on a planet called Vost, Mike was mistaken for a renegade and was about to be dealt with before he convinced his kidnappers he was innocent. If he wanted to go back home, he had to earn it by driving his cab. In another narrative set in 1944, Marianna was living with Dominik and trying her best to hide from the Nazis. However, when the Jewish couple escaped, Mariana discovered that her Dominik was not what he seemed. What was he hiding from Mariana? Would Mike ever get back home?

The author did justice to both parallel stories and gave readers just enough to hook their attention until the end. I enjoyed Mike’s narrative and his ramblings. Mike was the kind of character that stood proud and center in the narrative and commanded the attention of readers. His predicament was unfortunate, but he didn’t lose faith. On the other hand, we had Mariana who was living under harsh conditions, but she didn’t let this hold her back. All the characters were masterfully developed, the author managed the two timeframes brilliantly while also maintaining the mystery. It was a story that had me looking for clues and feeling thrilled with every turn the story took. It was incredible!

Vincent Dublado

Space Taxis by Adam Frosh and Harriet Frosh is a high-action space adventure with an extraordinary vision. The story begins in 1977 with a day in the life of a cab driver named Mike Redolfo. There is nothing special about him, except that he has a keen sense to smell trouble and good reflexes to react against it. In his ten years as a cab driver, he has encountered different passengers in trouble and has managed to save their lives. The story then alternates to the year 1944, where a Czech accountant, Dominic Kominsky, and his lover, Marianna Manaková, a chemist turned hairdressing assistant, are on the run from the Nazis. Mistaken for a renegade hiding on Earth, Redolfo is abducted by aliens and gets involved with assisting alien murderers in a high-level criminal racket. As Redolfo's and Kominsky’s timelines intersect, Redolfo will uncover truths about his identity that may well become the key to his ticket home and in preventing a planetary catastrophe.

If Space Taxis does not sound like a story that sprang out of the minds of two wildly imaginative storytellers, no story ever will. Other sci-fi novels, of course, would read more profoundly in comparison, but Space Taxis does give humorous and even touching moments that make you think once in a while. Adam and Harriet Frosh have written a novel that is a triumph of high adventure. This can even translate to an entertaining film adaptation that would have an appeal like Total Recall or The Fifth Element. Redolfo’s abduction, his time spent on another planet, and how it changes him are what give the story life, depth, and humanity. There are ludicrous moments, but it manages to keep hold of its tight plotting. Reading it is a good form of cerebral entertainment.

Christopher Anderson

In Space Taxis by Adam and Harriet Frosh, we’re introduced to Michael Redolfo, a yellow checker cab driver from Brooklyn New York. While driving, he and his cab are abducted by aliens and taken to the planet Vost. After being interrogated, it is explained to him that his abduction was a case of mistaken identity, but because of the rules on planet Vost, the only way to get back to Earth is to work to earn enough to buy the passage on a transporter, which will take about 3 years to do. The only job Mike knows is to be a cab driver, so the Vost government allows him to be a cab driver but with a big difference to what he’s used to. The story takes you back to Earth in the 1940s and the plight of the Jews under the then German regime. Read this fascinating book and see how Mike unravels why he’s been abducted.

Adam and Harriet Frosh take you on an out of this world journey of aliens that live on the planet Vost and the people who live back on Earth. Space Taxis includes elements of Celtic mythology along with the Germans' hatred of the Jews under Heinrich Himmler in the 1940s and the events that took place then. I liked the way the authors explain how the events that take place on Vost tie into Michael Redolfo and the friends he makes, one of them a human called John Moorshead, owner of a bar called Opprobrium, who has lived on Vost for many years. The authors have an interesting way of explaining alien beings that gives you a mental picture of how they would appear in looks and their characteristics, which helps you like or dislike the characters. A fast-moving story that goes back and forth between planet Earth and planet Vost. A very pleasant read with some historical facts and some that are imagined. A good read for science fiction fans.