Space Taxis by A and H Frost

Space Taxis by Adam and Harriet Frost blends sci-fi and historical fiction.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for asking me to take part in the book tour for Space Taxis and giving me a free copy in return for an honest review.

1970s New York taxi driver Mike Redolfo is abducted by aliens and taken to the planet Vost. Unfortunately, he’s not the alien that they are looking for — but there are no government grants available to pay for his fare home. Instead, he is offered a job as a taxi driver as part of a government rehabilitation scheme, giving him the opportunity to earn his fare home. Meanwhile, back in 1944, a mysterious man and his Jewish fianceé are fleeing Nazi-occupied Prague.

You can find Space Taxis on Amazon, available in paperback and on Kindle. It’s also available to read on Kindle Unlimited.

My review

Space Taxis caught my eye as I am a huge fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. There are definitely some elements that felt familiar and I think it would certainly resonate with other Douglas Adams fans. The beginning of the story and Mike’s predicament definitely reminded me of the beginning of Hitchhiker’s, but this is definitely its own beast.

The story switches between the point of view of Mike, a group of aliens committing a heist and a young couple in 1940s Prague.

The latter storyline felt very out of place at first, and it’s only around halfway that this begins to make sense and the storylines tie in together. These parts of the book are incredibly well-written and really gave a true sense of dread and fear. But at times, it was a little jarring to be chuckling at a joke in Mike’s sections, only to be thrown into the horrors of a concentration camp.

Mike himself is a very likeable, funny character. He definitely helps to keep the other sci-fi and supernatural elements of the story well-grounded. I loved hearing his descriptions of the world too, and the various colourful alien passengers he drives around on his travels.

The story itself is very well-written, and I loved the idea of the three different storylines that are each intrinsically linked. There was definitely a very big ‘OHHH!’ moment when they all come together! The plot is fast-paced too, and is full of twists and turns throughout which kept me guessing, dotted with light humour from Mike’s sections.

Overall this is a great read — full of lots of fun, light-hearted humour, as well as more serious elements in the 1940s section. The story is incredibly original, with lots of twists that will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat. I’d definitely recommend this for fans of Douglas Adams or shows such as Red Dwarf — the humour and the absurd situations fit right in!

The blurb for Space Taxis

“A perfect blend of science fiction and alternate history”

He’s abducted by aliens to the planet Vost.

He’s saving up for his fare home.

But he’s got the small matter of a planetary apocalypse to deal with first…

In 1977 a New York Cab driver Mike Redolfo is abducted by aliens after being mistaken for a renegade scientist. Meanwhile, back in 1944 a mysterious man and his Jewish fiancée are fleeing across Nazi-occupied Europe.

Redolfo tries to keep a low profile on his new world whilst earning his fare home, but unwittingly gets involved with a shady gang of alien criminals, inadvertently bringing the planet to the brink of catastrophe.

As the link between the timelines becomes clear, Redolfo must discover secrets from the past that may hold the key to saving the planet.

If you like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5, and Frank Herbert’s Dune, you’ll love this gripping and entertaining sci-fi mystery thriller.

About the authors, Adam and Harriet Frosh

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/

You can learn more about Adam and Harriet on Facebook and on Twitter @SpaceTaxis.

You can find Space Taxis on Amazon, available in paperback and on Kindle. It’s also available to read on Kindle Unlimited.