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THE FACE TRANSPLANT: 10 things most people don’t know about author R. Arundel

Today, I am hosting a stop on the virtual book tour for The Face Transplant by R. Arundel, a medical suspense/thriller book available now.


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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 novel crescendos page by page to a totally unexpected conclusion.


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The missing face is found

The titanium canister slowly rose from the ground behind the glass door. When it finally stopped, two beeps were heard. Jason opened the glass door and took out the canister, a soft cold mist emanated from the canister. Maybe it was the temperature difference here, Matthew had never seen that when he brought up his canisters. The white mist slowly rose and then disappeared. Jason opened the titanium canister. As he had suspected, a red light began to flash. Matthew realized the canister had been altered. A signal was alerting someone that they had opened the canister.

Jason, “Don’t worry, I anticipated this, the wall will not allow the signal to transmit, we’re safe.”

Jason slowly removes the head from the canister. It is covered in what looks like a thin white cloth and wrapped precisely. Same technique used for all donor faces in the US. This face was harvested by Tom, no doubt about it. Slowly they unwrap the face.



AUTHOR Bio and Links

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.

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

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




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10 things most people don’t know about you, R. Arundel

I love dogs but don’t have one

I’ve always loved German Shepherds.  I remember as a kid taking out library books on dogs. German Shepherds are very loyal and intelligent dogs.  Unfortunately my parents weren’t too enamored with the idea of a big dog in the house.  I still hope to have one. Someday.


Love jam and cheddar cheese sandwiches

This sounds like an unusual combination but it really is the ultimate sandwich.  A nice sweet all natural strawberry jam blends perfectly with a sharp cheddar cheese. Two nice soft slices of homemade bread complete this great sandwich.


I read 2 or 3 papers a day

Before the Internet took off I subscribed to two different local newspapers. In the office before work I would start reading and at lunch I would finish the papers cover to cover.  It is really great for storytellers; you see a variety of characters in all walks of life.  You read about the most bizarre scenarios and events.  It also helps the novelist understand current trends.  I wouldn’t recommend writing based on the “topic du jour” because by the time your story is finished, the topic is no longer going to be the hot new trend. Sometimes I have an idea and as I research I realize someone has already the story.


Write all my novels from the same chair

I do all my writing from the same chair in my home.  It is a very comfortable chair in a room that has a great deal of natural light.  As soon as I sit in that chair I begin to think about the story I’m writing.


I love cycling and once cycled through Ireland

I don’t do enough cycling, but it is by far my favorite outdoor activity.  A bike can take you to beautiful places.   I had a fabulous cycling tour of Ireland. I was able to see not only the natural beauty of Ireland, but also see a bit of the pub life and learn some of the history of the country.


My first job was a camp counselor

I enjoy working with kids and worked in camps for much of my youth.  Kids are very trusting and generally kind.  An adult has the ability to make a lasting impression on a child, for good or bad.


Love Cirque du Soleil

This acrobatic circus always provides the unexpected.  Looking at the performers it is unbelievable that the human body can do these things.  The set design is pure genius, the lighting always amazing. They tell a powerful story through sound and movement.


Never get tired of Caribbean beaches

I love the Caribbean. The hot sun and the beaches never cease to rejuvenate.  In the early morning it is very tranquil and perfect for a swim. The water is warm and clear.


Follow all sports, but only at playoffs

I tend to follow sports loosely all year long, but at playoff time it’s game on.  I like to follow the teams and the human drama that follows. Why is this player under performing, who is the greatest of all time, who over/under performs perennially in the playoffs? I also like to follow major sporting events such as Wimbledon, World Cup Soccer, and Super Bowl.


Shawshank Redemption, one of best movies all time

No need to say more.


13 responses to “THE FACE TRANSPLANT: 10 things most people don’t know about author R. Arundel

  1. Thanks for hosting. Cheddar cheese and jam sandwiches. With sharp cheddar cheese.

  2. Rita Wray ⋅

    I enjoyed the interview. Jam and cheddar cheese? I must try that. lol

  3. Amy ⋅

    Very interesting, I enjoyed the cheese and jam sandwiches. kind of scares me thinking of the taste.

  4. Trix ⋅

    Fun list! Your method of sports fandom must save you a lot of pain (or not, depending on how you feel about the Toronto teams’ fortunes)…

  5. The story sounds really good! And I loved reading the interview 🙂

  6. Toast some whole wheat bread, butter the bread. Then let the cheddar melt slightly. Finally put on the jam.

  7. Viewing only at the playoffs lets me see the best of the teams in any sport. I see all high quality games. All the teams and players are playing for something. It brings an immediacy to the competitions, that’s exciting. I don’t really obsess about who wins, I just like to see high level competition.

  8. The Face Transplant is a thriller. I was very pleased when a reader told me the novel made her heart race. At times the action is non stop. The story weaves an intricate tale that is hard to put down. What would happen if you could have any face you wanted? Who would you be?

  9. momjane ⋅

    I loved your comments. You are missing a lot of love without a dog.

  10. bn100 ⋅

    Interesting info

  11. Mary Preston ⋅

    Honey & cheese is yum too.

  12. sounds like a great read, i’ll be picking it up soon

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