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. 

Breadcrumbs of Reality

"Land of the Free" was my original title for "Nation of Enemies." And the concept has been floating around my head for a long time. Last night I stumbled on the original document that I started as a screenplay back in early 2006. At the time, attacks on schools were growing in number...we've been dealing with this for a long time now. Check out the timing that I originally had plotted out (*it was always meant to be near future, a future easily imagined): 

2001 World Trade Center Attacks
2002 War on Terror
2003 The War Comes/At Home
2004 Nazism Rampant in America
2005 U.S. Terror Group Claims Responsibility for Cruiseline Bombing
2006 High School Blown Up By Students
2007 Online Schools Ensure Child Safety
2008 Vice President Killed by Suicide Bomber
2009 America Abandoned: Citizens Find Safety and New Lives Abroad - Footage of ships in Southhampton Port, England, hundreds of passengers make their way off the ship and into the immigration offices.
2010 England Reports American Immigrants Boosting Economy
School Buildings; A Relic From the Past

Of course when I watched Back to the Future with my kids the other day, they pointed out that there were no cell phones. But there were hover boards (though they didn't have wheels). Clearly our imaginations get ahead of ourselves. Thankfully. By no means do I think the scenario in Nation of Enemies will happen. And of course, the timeline I wrote in 2006 was a first stab at a rough draft and I hadn't thoroughly plotted out the course of the story. Even still, there are breadcrumbs of reality within each facet of the world I ultimately built in 2032. Biochips. School shootings. Increase of terror groups on U.S. soil. These are our reality today, in 2015. I was caught up in the story, too close to the subject matter, when writing it. But now, as readers tell me how frightening the scenarios are I understand why. Because not all of it is fiction.