The Face Transplant
by R. Arundel
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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.
Sarah pulls the car over and stops in a parking spot at the side of the road.
“So it’s started. They’re coming after us.”
Matthew says, “It was made to look like I killed her. She’s the one who called me. The police are after me, and I can’t be seen in public.”
Sarah, “So the killer told her to call you to come over.”
“They threatened her daughter, Inez.”
“I’m sorry that happened, but I can’t help you. I don’t want anything more to do with this thing.”
“Don’t you want to get whoever killed Amanda?”
“I’m not involved.”
“Don’t you see we need to stick together? Whoever is behind this will hunt us down one by one. We have no choice now.”
“Please get out of my car.”
“You’re the only person who can help me. We can’t bring in anyone else. I need you to do my face transplant.”
“You’re going to get us all killed.”
Matthew says, “Liam and I have a plan. Liam’s already got a plane that will take us to Palo Alto. There’s a transplant facility there.”
“Why not do it here?”
“The robotics at Tom’s facility are superior. He also has a Steriazol that allows for the perfect transplant.”
“Then you’ll go undercover with your new face. You’ll be a totally different person so you can go around and, in no time, solve this thing.”
“That’s about it.”
“I will not help you. I am out. Now please leave my car.”
Matthew gets out of the car and gently closes the door. Sarah watches him walk away. She puts her head on the steering wheel and begins to cry. The sobs get louder and louder until her whole body shakes.
Sarah talks softly to herself. “Just let it out. Let it all out.”
She wipes her face and takes her head off the steering wheel. Sarah starts the car and begins driving. After a few blocks, she sees Matthew. Sarah stops the car in front of him.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
The really geeky, smart kids.
What are you passionate about these days?
Writing. Bicycling. Travel.
If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. Each misstep you learn more than if it all went very smoothly.
Ebook or print?
Both. Print. There is something about holding a book. Ebook. It is the most convenient way to read on your phone or computer.
What is your favorite scene in this book?
The scene close to the end of the book where Matthew confronts Sarah about a secret she has been hiding the entire story. The plot has been stopped, the world has been saved but now it gets personal. Human drama always trumps everything else. This is where it gets real.
R. Arundel is a practising 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.
Contact link: http://www.amazon.com/R-Arundel/e/B00EBCQVEC
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