The Face Transplant by R. Arundel


The Face Transplant
by R. Arundel


GENRE: Medical Suspense Thriller



The Face Transplant

An epic journey of suspense, murder, and sacrifice

Dr. Matthew MacAulay is a facial transplant surgeon at a prestigious New York hospital. When his friend and mentor, Tom Grabowski, dies under mysterious circumstances, Matthew uncovers his friend’s secret: a new technique that allows perfect facial transplants. No incisions, no scars. Tom was able to accomplish this monumental feat with the help of Alice, a supercomputer robot with almost human abilities. While trying to find the people responsible for murdering Tom, Matthew realizes he is the prime suspect. He must flee for his life with the help of Dr. Sarah Larsson, a colleague and reluctant helper, who has a secret of her own, and Alice, who helps them make sense of a baffling series of seemingly unrelated events. The clues carry Matthew and Sarah around the world. They stumble onto a sinister plot of monumental proportions that leads Matthew all the way to the White House.

The Face Transplant is a powerful medical suspense thriller of the first order. The novel was written by a surgeon who weaves politics, medicine, and espionage into a tightly paced, intelligent thriller.




Matthew, “Sarah, I know. The tremors, the leg weakness. I put it all together. ALS.”

“My Sherlock Holmes at work again.” Sarah laughs.

“I know and I don’t care.”

Sarah smiles at Matthew. “Do you know what you’re saying?” “ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. A progressive neuro-muscular disorder with no cure. You will stop walking one day, and finally, you will lose control of all your muscles.”

“Not bad, Holmes.”

“We surgeons aren’t as thick as you think.”

“Then you know I don’t have long.” Sarah punches in the code to lock the anesthetic machine.

“I don’t care. I need you,” says Matthew.

“You know what my life will be very soon, how it is going to end.”

“I don’t care. I have to take a chance—I have to live. Give me that chance.”

“In the end I would regret doing that to you. I refuse to have you

look after me in the prime of your life. I’m going to be on a ventilator, not able to move any muscle in my body. I’m going to end up being only able to use my eyes. Totally locked in a useless body.”


Writing tips

I think writing is a craft. Over time it is assured you will get better at your craft. The best way to go about learning how to write a novel is to write a novel.

Be prepared for a long journey if you embark on a writing career. Each book helps to improve your writing skills, you are learning your craft.

Writing in many ways reminds me of actors in terms of possible career arcs. Some actors achieve fame with an early role to languish for the rest of a long career with little or no further success. Some actors toil in obscurity for many years and indeed their entire careers.

Sometimes luck can play in a role in your success. When in a career with the possibilities of ups and down and long periods of little or no recognition of your efforts you have to have the mindset to withstand these tribulations. Building a support group of fellow writers helps. You’re not in this alone. Another writer will sympathize with your poor reviews. They’ll understand how you feel when your book is not met with the success you were sure it would receive. Write for the love of writing because it probably will not make you rich. I’m not saying don’t try to be rich, but probably a better goal would be to try to write books that find an audience. Respect your reader, find out who your reader is and know that reader intimately.

There is no greater feeling than writing a great passage or feeling you got that chapter just right. This is what will sustain you and try to remember this feeling. Build a life outside of writing. This will help support you.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

R. Arundel is a practicing surgeon. This experience brings realism to the story. The novel asks what would happen if a surgeon were to develop the perfect face transplant. This would allow people to have a new face, in essence create a new identity. You can create the perfect double, the perfect Doppelganger.

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13 thoughts on “The Face Transplant by R. Arundel

  1. Finishing this book in the style that I wanted. I wanted to create a fast paced medical thriller that readers would enjoy. It blends many elements not seen in a traditional thriller such as a robot called Alice. I was proud to have written exactly what I wanted.

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