Thursday, September 18

@GoddessFish Guest Post: Face Transplant by R. Arundel

The Face Transplant

R. Arundel

Genre: Medical Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Publication: December 10, 2013
Number of pages: 378

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Dr. Matthew MacAulay is a Facial Transplant Surgeon at a prestigious New York hospital. His friend and mentor, Tom Grabowski, dies under mysterious circumstances. Matthew is forced to investigate. He uncovers his friend's secret. A new technique that allows perfect facial transplants. No incisions, no scars. The surgeon is able to transplant one person's face to another with the perfect result. 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 his friend Tom, Matthew realizes he is the prime suspect. Matthew must flee for his life with the help of Dr. Sarah Larsson, a colleague and reluctant helper who has a secret of her own. Alice helps them make sense of a baffling series of seemingly unrelated events. Matthew is forced to undergo a facial transplant to hide his identity and help to uncover the truth. The clues carry Matthew and Sarah around the world. Matthew stumbles onto a sinister plot of monumental proportions, the real reason Tom was murdered. This discovery leads Matthew all the way to The White House with a dramatic conclusion. Matthew never wavers in his quest for the truth and perseveres against all the odds. He must race to stop a major catastrophe, ratcheting up the excitement until the thrilling conclusion. The Face Transplant is a powerful medical suspense thriller of the first order. The novel was written by a surgeon. The novel has a realism that only a surgeon can bring. The plot weaves politics, medicine and espionage into a tightly paced, intelligent thriller. The novels crescendos page by page to a totally unexpected conclusion.
Matthew visiting a patient in hospital

Adam, “Is it true you murdered those people?”

“What do you think?”

“I know you didn’t do it, I’m sorry I asked you that. I don’t know if it’s worth it anymore. I’m gonna get a piece of plastic for my face.”

Matthew, “I’m really sorry they suspended the transplant program.”

Adam, “Dr. Elliot Stone took your place. He recommended the face prosthesis.”

Matthew, "He's a fine surgeon, you're in good hands." Adam, “They just made him University President.”

Matthew, “Really.”

Adam, "I guess it doesn't matter anyway. I'm finished. It's over."

Matthew, “Far from it man.”

Adam, “Family. Country. Honor. That was everything. They just seem like words now. Empty. Hollow. What was it all for. What?”

Matthew, “Family. Country. Honor. It’s what this country was founded on Adam. It’s what makes this country great. It’s everything. All our laws. All our freedoms. Every person who lives in this country owes you. You have paid a big price. We. Owe. You. We know it. If we don’t show our gratitude, it’s because we sometimes forget. Not because we don’t remember. So know this Adam Landt. You are valued. You are valued my friend. You are everything that is good, everything that is right.”

“There’s nothing left for me. Aly’s gone. Kids are gone. I’m all alone. There’s nothing.”

“Let me tell you something very few know.”

Guest Post: 

Researching tips

Use the Internet. It is the most efficient way to begin your research and you will often get ideas on other places to research a topic. Spend some time before you begin the actual novel writing, thinking about your story from start to finish. Write down all the areas you need to do research on. Are there any inconsistencies that need to be ironed out? Often there is much more research needed than initially thought. If possible try to speak to people who you think may be similar to your characters. This will give you a tremendous insight into how the character should speak, dress and approach life. Be very observant when you interact with people, this will give you great ideas for character mannerisms, and idiosyncrasies that can make the characters very unique and engaging.

If the topic is very complex consider at least two sources if just using the Internet. Don't discount the value of regular textbooks for research. The big advantage is that the work has been carefully vetted and most likely to be accurate. Researching complex topics on the Internet, especially medical topics are very difficult. Frequently there is inaccurate or incomplete information on the Internet, or you get a great deal of conflicting information that is hard to put into context.

The best way to get accurate information is to talk to an expert. You may be surprised at how willing a local expert in your community is willing to speak with you and give you very valuable information. This can help give you ideas for your story and bring realism to your dialogue or characters that you would otherwise be missing.


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Author Bio:

Robert was born in London, United Kingdom. His early formative years were spent in Toronto Canada. Robert attended the University of Toronto Medical School. After obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree he completed surgical training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto and obtained certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Robert Mounsey practices surgery in private practice in Toronto.

Robert studied Film Studies at Ryerson University, after this he began writing screenplays and novels. The Face Transplant is his debut novel.

Robert is married and lives in Toronto, Canada. When not writing or practicing surgery Robert can be found cycling.

To connect with the author online:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads


  1. Thanks for hosting the blog tour. Great event.

  2. The internet is the greatest research tool ever for writers. With a few clicks you can look at a culture half way around the world, see a video about anything. It's a wellspring of ideas.

  3. Loving the excerpt!!!! INTERESTING!!!

  4. I'm curious how your career as a physician influences your research methods...

    Trix, vitajex(At)Aol(Dot)com


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