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H.A.Raynes's debut novel, NATION OF ENEMIES, was published by HarperCollins/Witness Impulse in August of this year. Inspired by a family member who escapedPoland in WWII, Raynes combined lessons from the past with a healthy fear ofthe modern landscape. A longtime member of Boston's writing community, Raynes was a finalist in the MassachusettsScreenwriting Competition and has published a short story in the onlinemagazine REDIVIDER.
- Publication Date : August 18, 2015
- Print Length : 528 pages
- Publisher : Witness Impulse (August 18, 2015)
- ASIN : B00T3DR58U
- File Size : 762 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #800,835 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One of my favorite things about this book is that it's not a clear-cut case of good versus evil. The tension between liberty and security doesn't grow out of malice. Don't get me wrong, you've got some decidedly villainous players skulking around, but it's a world of tradeoffs— decisions have consequences, and there's a selfish side to everyone involved. That being said, certain individuals piqued my interest more than others.
Taylor Hensley is a single mother, graffiti artist, and daughter of the Boston Brahmin-esque presidential candidate. Basically, it would be as though Shepard Fairey (of HOPE poster fame) was Mitt Romney's son. Plus, she skedaddles about rooftops using suction cups, which is just so badass.
What separates this book from its catch-me-if-you-can kin is its tolerance for moral ambiguity. In a world of limited resources, wicked problems exist, and these problems have no definitive answers. At one point, a character reflects “How could we have brought another child into this world? What have we done?” And I found myself thinking, yeah— what were you thinking?!? The story ends, but it doesn't feel like the conversation's over—and I like that.
Set in the fourth decade of the twenty-first century, <i>Nation of Enemies</i> portrays a United States that is divided by an invention called the MedID—a chip that is implanted in almost everyone, from which their chances of developing dangerous diseases can be accurately predicted. Those who have “good” MedID numbers are the haves; those who have low numbers are the have-nots. The latter are unemployable, basically outcasts. Perhaps predictably, this has resulted in a “War at Home” between the two factions. The MedID is a brilliant invention by author Raynes, without which the story just wouldn’t work.
A horrendous event called the “Day the Planes Fell”—fifty hijacked planes—ruins parts of most major cities and sets off anarchy that threatens to tear the nation apart. From agents at the highest levels of the government to churches filled with the discontented, there is more than enough material with which to generate conspiracies and enmities. Raynes makes the most of these facets, constructing an elaborate scheme of plots and counter-plots.
The book is well-written. The author has done her homework on almost every aspect of the technology she describes. But readers know her characters primarily by how and what they think and do, not what they look like; physical descriptions are minimal. In fact, there are so many characters in the story that at times you may feel the need for a scorecard to keep track of them. But the author manages to keep them all well sorted out.
There are more twists and turns to the plots in this story than a snake with a bellyache. Nevertheless, you will be swept along like a raft riding rough rapids, carried willy-nilly toward a conclusion that only the author knows is coming. It quickly becomes one of those books that is hard to put down. Author Raynes promises a thriller, and she delivers.
<i>Nation of Enemies</i> is definitely a good read.
--G. David Thayer
"Nation of Enemies" follows the storylines of multiple compelling characters as they navigate this apocalyptic America, including a doctor, an FBI agent, a funeral home director (and his computer hacker teenaged son), a Presidential candidate (and his estranged graffiti-artist daughter), and the leader of a controversial church. The character and plot development are both excellent throughout, and the storyline contains many exciting plot twists and turns.
I recommend "Nation of Enemies" very highly. It's both a fantastic novel and an important cautionary tale about our willingness to accept the proliferation of technology at the expense of our privacy.
I especially like that in Nation of Enemies there are no real good guys or bad guys. The Liberty party that supports the MedID, and the opposing religious zealots who oppose it are equally flawed. When the two factions clash, a plot full of twists and turns unfolds in which only the individuals caught in the middle have any real integrity. I highly recommend this futuristic thriller that feels way too close to home for comfort.