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H.A. Raynes was inspired to write NATION OF ENEMIES by a family member who was a Titanic survivor and another who escaped Poland in World War II. Combining lessons from the past with a healthy fear of the modern landscape, this novel was born. A longtime member of Boston’s writing community, H.A. Raynes has a history of trying anything once (acting, diving out of a plane, white water rafting, and parenting). Writing and raising children seem to have stuck.

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Nation of Enemies

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Waking up to news of the Las Vegas shooting gave me chills. The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place at a concert. I wrote about a devastating event just like this about four years ago. And just in the past week a strange story came out of Cuba about Sonic Weapons being used against U.S. diplomats. I used such a weapon in my earlier writing as well. It was surreal to read about it in

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"Hmm, this is a tough one to review.

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This novel was a bit of a palate-cleanser for me. Easy reading that was pleasant, though nothing that drew me in completely. I'd recommend to people who want light reading that doesn't leave them on the edge of their seat. ...more
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Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
“It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
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“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there's no room for the present at all.”
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