Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Interview with medical suspense thriller author R. Arundel

I have a special interview today with author R. Arundel about his medical suspense thriller novel, The Face Transplant.

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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.

A bit about the book:
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.

Excerpt from The Face Transplant:
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.”

What are four things you can’t live without?
My watch. I like to be on time.
Ramen noodles. Delicious.
Hot Sunny beach.
Cellphone. My whole life is practically on that phone.

What is your favorite television show?
Justified.  Well written. Nice action scenes.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Samuel Pepys. 17th Century London seemed like a fascinating place.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
My new book is set in a different world where children battle adults. It’s not a fair fight because the children have special powers. Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the flies.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Michael Crichton, Agatha Christie, Stephen King

Link to Amazon | book Website

Thanks, Robert!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

How do you define love?

Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting, much appreciated.

Unknown said...

Love. Sacrificing for someone/something else.

Sandy said...

Wow, very timely under the circumstances with the latest information about the successful face transplant for the volunteer fire fighter

Unknown said...

This story is timely and that does draw people to The Face Transplant based on popular news.

Rita Wray said...

The book sounds great. I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

Both your books sound intriguing!


Unknown said...

I have been really excited by the response The Face Transplant has received

MomJane said...

What a fascinating idea for a story. Loved the excerpt.

Victoria Alexander said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one, thanks for sharing!