Superhighway, is Alex Fayman’s first novel. It’s written in first person and categorized perfectly as science fiction, then thriller and lastly, romance. His background is the ideal launching pad for this genre of book as Fayman has degrees in biology and finance. At the age of twelve he arrived in the United States as a refugee from the former Soviet Union. When prompted about his influences, Mr. Fayman responded, “Life experiences.” Could Superhighway with its fantastic science fiction journey of theft, loss and passion of the heart provide a glimpse into Fayman’s own life-struggles?
The title and cover are perfect for this tale of electroportation through the world wide web. Born in an alley and delivered to an orphanage, strikingly handsome, Alex Fine is unlucky in acquiring a family. Fortunately, the orphanage director takes him under her wing and mothers him until the day he accidentally discovers his ‘gift of travel’. He is an easy underdog to cheer for as he becomes progressively more aggressive in his desire to right what he views as criminal, financial wrongs. In the course of his Robin Hood-style adventures, he discovers his super-advanced mental capabilities.
Halfway into this futuristic adventure, the genesis of Alex Fine’s super-biological circumstance is revealed as he learns the truth about his amazing family. Along the way our hero discovers sex and finds love, but he’s young and not infallible and his actions have consequences. His traveling depletes him physically and mentally to the point of exhaustion and near-death. An eighteen-year-old orphan-man-boy billionaire with killer good-looks, a keen sexual desire and superhuman abilities is enough to keep you flipping pages non-stop.
While Superhighway abounds with rich descriptions of beautiful places from Holland and California to Florida, Russia and a remote Caribbean island, it also humbles the reader with poverty. Truly a ‘rags to riches’ story in which we alternate between fearing for Alex’s health and survival and applauding his vigilante justice. There is no neat and tidy ending in Superhighway; the suspense is steady – right up to the one-and-a-half-page last chapter, cliff-hanger ending. Lucky for us the sequel is available.
Romance is secondary to Alex’s pervasive sexual thoughts and acts, but they are not overly graphic. If this book was a movie, it would likely be rated ‘R’ for nudity and sexuality. There are few instances of obscene language for a story riddled with Alex’s drug use and dealing with crime and murder. This extraordinary narrative might be attractive to young readers, but it is adult material. Having few errors, I rate this book 5 stars.