Burnished Bridge

Book Cover



Ray Melnik

  • -
  • Views


Alex Dael is on the brink of achieving the extraordinary. It's the scientific breakthrough of a thousand lifetimes, but inside he feels empty. Success is tempered when there is no one to share it with. He believes that to live without love is to live in true poverty. When Alex finally meets a woman who is everything he desires, she's out of reach. Rather than face the constant reminder and a career that has peaked, he chooses to take a wild ride. Alex believes that because of us, the cosmos comes to know itself. This time it returns the favor.



Short Summary

In Burnished Bridge, Alex Dael is successful beyond his wildest expectations, but he still feels empty inside. When he reaches the pinnacle of his career, he realizes that it’s the search and not the outcome that fuels him. He decides to take a wild ride.


Monroe, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Alex Dael

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Elina Maina

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Janine Tal

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Charming,Modest

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

About The Author

At the age of 17, Ray won first place in the National Pen Women Competition for his fictional short story, Distinction, as well as winning second place in the New York Best of City - The Written Word. He pursued a musical career as a singer and lyricist, after leaving college. In the early 1980s he was the lead singer for One Hand Clap and then Fine Malibus, with Steve Stevens, current guitarist and song writer for Billy Idol. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ray was engineer and co-owner of MANNIK Productions, a recording studio in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York. In addition to lyrics, Ray, wrote a monthly column about pro audio for a music trade magazine, American Liverpool. Later moving into the field of technology as a network engineer and then architect, he wrote for the technology panel of a regional newspaper, Times Herald Record, and was the primary writer of articles based on home technology for the website New Technology Home. Ray currently works as a Senior Network Architect in Manhattan, New York. He currently resides in Silver Lake, Staten Island, in New York City. His books include: THE ROOM - novel TO YOUR OWN SELF BE TRUE - novel BURNISHED BRIDGE - novella EYES IN THIS WORLD - novel GHOST IN THE PARK - novella

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: iUniverse

Year Published: 2010

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-1450217279