Andy Marshall finds himself at a crossroads in life.
After thirty years of continuous employment in the Civil Service, his deteriorating health led to months of unemployment. With a family to look after, Andy was beginning to feel the strain.
Against his wife’s better judgment, he decides to join a struggling minicab firm which catapults him into an almost alien, rollercoaster world working every evening with an eclectic group of drivers, and even stranger passengers. He quickly learns that two nights on the job are never the same, and the people he encounters along the way have the possibility to change his life, forever. Everything changes when an unexpected invitation from a passenger takes him to Florida, and later, to the Caribbean.
Andy was really one of the good guys. The book was great. I felt for Andy and connected with him.
This is a fun, light read with relatable characters. I found myself cheering on Andy in his adventures with his coworkers and his passengers. His experiences keep him on quite a rollercoaster.
Second starts are never easy. Andy Marshall is faced with one after a nervous breakdown. This author weaves a vibrant tale of life after a long government career. The characters are well developed and sympathetic in their development. Life is not easy and cars for hire are everywhere.
The “Yellow Peril” is the ride offered to customers. It is well maintained but has seen better days. Adventures abound in this story. I found it a primer for not being contracted as an Uber driver. A car for hire is a dangerous endeavor.
This saga is a microcosm of life’s trials, accomplishments, and failures. Thoughtfully written by Nigel it is very entertaining.
This is a story about Andy Marshall who was a civil servant for 30 years before he had an emotional breakdown and led to a bout of depression which gives him a early retirement. He is looking for another job that will help supplement the family income. With some apprehension he answers an add for what turns out to be a taxi cab driver. Mind you this takes place in England and he goes to work for what they call minicab driver these are like second level they are not the taxi service you associate with England these are not the Black Cabs. It is an interesting cast of characters with this low rent outfit you can really picture this place and the various fares he picks up. The only issue I had with this book was being from the States understanding some of the British slang. But this was a pretty good book and a fast read.
It demonstrates how sometimes circumstances can alter the course of what you have pre-determined for your life. A well written story which shows the variety of society across the UK and the wider world.
Born in Plymouth in 1937, Nigel Springthorpe completed his National Service with the Far East Air Force in Singapore and North Borneo, before returning to the Civil Service. He subsequently served in a number of executive positions, including Private Secretary to a Cabinet Minister. Retiring early, on medical grounds he was later employed by a minicab company, which provided the inspiration for his second novel.