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A chilling, suspenseful new thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton and James Rollins.

It's all about the genetics. DNA. Black & white.

A decade ago the U.S. government mandated that all citizens be issued biochips containing all of their medical information and an I.D. number indicating a person's health. Then they made the information public - the implications of
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Witness Impulse
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Full disclosure: I know the author. (Yeah, I'm kind of a big deal.) However, my persistent resistance against the forces of starflation (not a word, but should be), combined with the fact that I'm simply not that nice of a person (there's a reason no one shows me baby pictures anymore) should restore some faith in my reviewer-ly credibility.

Social Engineering & (Not-So-Distant-) Future Crimes
I don't know much about the book biz (I assume it takes more than, say, six-weeks to write, edit,
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when the government steps over the line in the lives of its citizens? This is one of the possibilities. The story line keeps your attention while you grow to really care for the characters. Religious zealots try to put a stop to the government's agenda and put their's in its place, while regular citizens try to right the wrongs even if it's considered an act of terrorism if they're caught. Then you have the undercover FBI agent who tries to stop the zealots while trying to keep his ...more
Henry Bird
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book. It had amazing character development, with an excellent plot. As the plot thickens and the story goes on, the reader learns more and more about the characters themselves. This definitely adds to the plot, because the reader finds themselves caring about the characters more as the story gets more dangerous. Because of this, it heightens the tension, as you now care for the characters just as they are going through the hardest parts of the story.
This novel is
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a little while to get into, but once I did, man, I raced through to the end. The last third of the book is truly in can't-put-it-down territory. I would definitely recommend this scary, edge-of-your-seat glimpse into an all too plausible future.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Nation of Enemies, the mark of the beast has come in the form of a government mandated MedID system. While the initial intention is good, it soon transformed into a means for governments around the world to control and restrict people’s way of life, a new level of discrimination that has resulted in massive unrests and brought about a war that disrupts every fabric of human society. And so begins a thrilling ride of mystery, mayhem and suspense, full scale espionage packed with a maze of plot ...more
G. Thayer
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Review. Nation of Enemies: A Thriller. H.A. Raynes. New York: HarperCollins/ Witness Impulse, 2015.

Set in the fourth decade of the twenty-first century, Nation of Enemies 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
Lauren T.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Engaging" is often a word used to describe thrillers, but often as a reader I feel cheated by the word. H.A. Raynes is a rare writer who writes with great intention specifically so that the interactions you're reading are life-like. You think you know someone, and then suddenly, poof, a small mark in their character which was easily read over a chapter ago, suddenly becomes your main focal point (true engagement).

I'm not going to ruin the plot because that's not exactly a "cool thing" to do,
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me turning pages faster than I have in a while! Great characters ... and they turn from good to bad in a blink, never really knowing who to trust until the end. If you love politics and religion, you will devour this book. If, like me, you despise talking about politics and religion, you will DEVOUR this book. It's INCREDIBLE how close the plot mimics what is going on in the world today with politics and betrayal and terrorism. H.A. Raynes adds just the right amount of science ...more
Ryan McGlothlin
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great, fast-paced thriller about an all-too-plausible future. This is a story about how good people can deal with very bad situations, and you end up really rooting for the protagonists, but it is the technological breakthroughs and the lack of political integrity in how they are used, leading to a societal breakdown, that leaves you really thinking about what might be if we are not careful. If you think electing Donald Trump might be a good idea, I suggest you read this and just imagine how ...more
Brendan Rielly
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For a chilling, near-future thriller, check out Nation of Enemies by Holly Archibald Raynes. It's 2032, everyone has a biochip and is classified by their med score. Cole and Lily are trying to escape the war-torn U.S. with their son. Cole and their son have acceptable med scores, but Lily and their unborn daughter don't, so they return to a land where wealthy families live behind walls in "safe districts" and wear bulletproof "skins." America's inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit ...more
Sara Penn
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
H.A. Raynes grabs your attention right from the start, and keeps you engaged throughout the entirety of this wonderfully written, suspenseful novel. I can't believe it's her first! Her character development was detailed but not so much that it took away from the plot. I will leave the details of the plot to the other reviewers who have done a good job with that already. The plot was unpredictable and extremely interesting. I did not want to put the book down!

I am very much looking forward to
Amy Nadeau
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I read it over labor day weekend and it made a perfect beach day- luckily my husband was watching the kids because i was NOT paying attention at all- I was way too into this book. It's so nice to get lost in a good story and not want to put it down. Great characters and very suspenseful.
Tammy Schuetz Cook
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book... As good as I Am Pilgrim!

Written by a friend of a friend, I had low expectations for this book. Boy was I wrong! Very well written, suspenseful, clever, intelligent and scary. The storyline could be true in this crazy world we live in today. I REALLY liked it! Very well done...
Ray Perigard
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who analyzes healthcare data for a living I was instantly drawn in by one of the underlying premises of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed how the author combined the hopes and fears of seemingly disparate groups into a single path in a chaotic, compelling and fast moving story. Well done.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author H.A. Raynes creates a near futuristic world that is not only plausible, you can feel, hear and taste. It is a masterful web of complex characters whose stories unfold through brilliant dialogue. Within the first few pages the plot took hold with a gripping force that wouldn’t let go. My only criticism is that I can’t seem to find any other works by H.A Raynes anywhere!
Jenny McGlothlin
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and well thought-out plot, with characters who have depth despite the fast pace, multiple perspective changes, and multitude of players. I was engrossed and a bit scared for the future of America. A thriller that makes you think is always good!
Lucy Herzog
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! So many well-developed characters and so many fascinating story lines woven together.
Allan Hudson
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Raynes is a talented author. She presents us with a possible scenario of what the future could be like and it's scary that it could be like that.. I enjoyed this book very much.
Kim Slater
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully wrought page turner! I loved this book. Endearing characters, important global concerns and a fantastic journey. Highly recommended.
Charles E Barr
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

An interesting story. Requiring a vivid imagination, it does capture ones interest. Held my interest throughout the story, can recommend it.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to put this book down. Full of well developed characters and plot lines. I loved having it set in places that I know too. :)
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting read of a somewhat apocalyptic view that is creepy and, hopefully, total fiction.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nation of Enemies is a futuristic dystopian novel written by author H. A. Haynes. I expected more resolution, the ending seemed rushed. Would read a sequel.
Gayle Slagle
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
To be honest, Nation of Enemies by H.A. Raynes is a thriller, which is not one of my favorite genres, That being said, there were aspects of this book that I enjoyed. The book takes place in 2032, the year of the next Presidential election in a divided and troubled United States. Ten years ago, the US government had mandated that all citizens be implanted with biochips which contain all of their medical information and assigns each individual with an ID which indicates that person's health. The ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
What started out as a smart story built around all of the unforeseen repercussions of the MedID, an implanted medical chip that was meant to modernize medical care but actually extends the government's oversight of the population, devolves into a by-the-numbers thriller. The story was at its high point when it described the ramifications of how a quick DNA scan determines an individual's worth and potential drain on government resources. Particularly novel was an entirely plausible, near-future ...more
marc Gottesman
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the comfort of reading fiction is knowing that it is not real. Sometimes that comfort comes as escapism from a fantasy story; sometimes it's relief from a horror story; or empathy and compassion from a love story. We take comfort in the pretend. It is what we need to balance out the reality of everyday living.

But when a piece of fiction depicts such a plausible near future — and a dark, dystopian one at that — it is truly chilling. That’s what HA Raynes has done here. The sheer
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won an autographed copy of Nation of Enemies by H.A. Raynes in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the book. It had plenty of action and suspense as well as believable characters and inter-personal relationships. It covered some key philosophical questions such as what is or isn't acceptable in a "war", corruption on both sides of a power struggle, how difficult it is to sort out right vs. wrong or good vs. bad in real life, and what things like fanaticism and discrimination do to society. It does ...more
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Nation of Enemies is set in a futuristic environment both hostile and terrifying. The U.S. government mandated all citizens to implant biochips containing their medical information and an ID number…and then they made the information public. Set in 2032 with the country deeply divided, on the brink of a civil war, and with new presidential elections looming, the murder of the Liberty Party’s presidential nominee sets
Emily Ross
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nation of Enemies is a complex and tightly plotted thriller that presents a chilling vision of an all too possible future. Imagine a world in which data from your medical records and DNA is implanted in you in the form of a MedID that literally determines your future. Score too low and your options for things like employment and travel are limited. Score high and you are golden in this brave new world of MedID haves and have-nots. And of course the MedID is foisted on people by the government in ...more
Harry Mccoy
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book I almost never read, but it is the kind of movie I love the most; the dystopian fantasy that explores our societal failings and expands on the ideas by projecting possible outcomes to an almost always bleak future. I got whiffs of Children of Men and Handmaid's Tale, Brave New World and 1984. (Wait a sec, those are almost all books - what was I saying?)
The future presented in Nation of Enemies is all too real, and the darkness of the author's vision terrifying at times.
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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 ...more