Authors Showcase: Auditory Viewpoint by Lillian R. Melendez
February 8, 2014
The Book: Auditory Viewpoint
The Author: Lillian R. Melendez
The Story: Gloria Rank has lived her entire life in the dark. Blind since birth, she has made a name for herself as a respected talk radio show host in New Jersey.
When her younger sister, Anna, has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside her apartment, Anna becomes the prime suspect in an FBI investigation. But when bodies begin piling up around her, the FBI has to admit that she is being stalked by a murderer.
With the FBI focused in the wrong direction, it is up to Gloria to teach Anna to use her other senses–hearing, touch, taste, and smell–which she never really had to completely rely on before to help uncover a ring of identity thieves and stop the killer from taking her life, and perhaps Gloria’s as well!
Their only hope for survival is an experiment in perception that will unearth heartbreaking secrets and catapult Gloria into a darkness of the heart beyond any that she has ever known. www.lillianrmelendez.com.
About the Author: Lillian R. Melendez was born in New York, and grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. Writing since childhood, she began to publish her work when she was very young. She received a Bachelors degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Aside from writing novels, she also continues to write and publish short stories and poetry. Lillian is a member of Mystery Writers of America. www.lillianrmelendez.com.
Review by Patricia L. Foltz: Lillian R Melendez book is a realistic wakeup call in fictional form. She brings to reality a serious subject in our world today and the approach she uses to bring it is unique, interesting, and beyond normal perspective. Lillian takes an everyday issue and combined it with a human handicap to show what those whom are challenged can do that would blow are minds.
If only we all could smell, hear and feel things as others do but Lillian goes above and beyond to show us. I have never thought of identity theft as a real life problem personally but wonder now if I should. Lillian details the crisis and challenge so extraordinarily it gets your minds wheels churning.
Lillian not only gives us insight on an issue not taken so seriously but gives us a view of the world through the heart of women whose challenges are a blessing in disguise. Lillian has written a fabulous fictional story of real life circumstances that will make you think and marvel at the journey from begging to end. Thank you for the story and wakeup call that is a delight to read.
Review by Matt B.: Your senses are your lifeblood – through your ability to see, touch, smell, taste & hear, you can revel in every day’s surroundings. While some definitely take these senses for granted, there are some that need each and every one to survive the simplest of days, especially when one particular sense may be impaired.
The second novel from author Lillian R. Melendez, titled Auditory Viewpoint, spins the story of talk radio host Gloria Rank, who has risen from obscurity to become a highly reputable on-air personality. Her handicap of blindness doesn’t detract from her intrinsic ability to provide entertainment on an auditive level to her loyal followers. Her younger sister Anna has just suffered one of the most troubling crimes known to humanity, thanks to the technological age, and that dereliction is identity theft…and it couldn’t have come at a worse possible time…you see, there has been a murder committed against a man whose bloody form has mysteriously ended up on Anna’s doorstep. This has now made the identity-less Anna suspect #1, and FBI Agent Sanchez is leading the headhunt.
Anna, in her desperation, turns to her big sister and I.T. security analyst Benjamin Taylor in hopes of finding some clues as to how this all began, and why she has become the target of an indisputable set-up by identity thieves. Gloria surmises that Anna will not only have to use her smarts in order to clear her name, but teaching her to hone all of her senses will come as a substantial benefit when the time comes to gather evidence…and potentially save her life from the person (or persons) who now want her dead.
The book itself is quite an enjoyable read, complete with engrossing dialogue between characters and a sensation of intrigue & conspiracy that are ever-present. You’ll find yourself jumping into this book with both feet and won’t have any problem with contrived plot points or settlement into boredom, simply because there isn’t any there – it clearly appears that the wrinkles Melendez didn’t iron out with her first book, have been delicately smoothed out with her second, and for that, this reader is pleasantly contented. Mrs. Melendez seems headed on a path to become a valued member of the mystery-writing contingent, and if you want a good old-fashioned whodunit, this is the narrative to submerge your optical organs into – read on & ENJOY !