Nation of Enemies

By H.A. Raynes

Author H.A. Raynes published NATION OF ENEMIES, A THRILLER with HarperCollins & Witness Impulse. A timely political thriller in the current election year as the United States ushers a polarizing figure into the White House. 

My Heart Is In Paris

When I began writing Nation of Enemies (NOE), I asked myself, where do I like to go? What do I most like to do? And what would make me STOP going to those places? This was pure imagination. Creativity. These are not questions I want to contemplate in reality. And yet. 

I'm not psychic. But evidently I have an overactive (and frightening) imagination. In NOE. schools are used as weapons until the government moves them to an online system. Concert venues, restaurants and stadiums are attacked. People shut themselves away in fear. It's understandable, isn't it? We walk out the door and enjoy the fresh air, laugh and dance with friends. And shouldn't we be able to? Yes, we should. And yet. 

Have you read that ISIS used a game  within PlayStation 4 to communicate and plan their attacks? This made it difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to decode their messages and track their movements. In NOE, BASIA, the main terrorist group, uses an online game constructed just for that same purpose. I wrote that three to four years ago now. It gives me chills. Makes me nauseas to think about. Yet it is reality, and painfully so. 

My heart is in Paris and with everyone around the world affected by the recent attacks. It's unimaginable. And yet. May the men and women who fight for our right to dance and celebrate life in the light of day have more creativity and more imagination than our enemies. Peace to all.