Along with the action and tension of a top-flight suspense novel, "The Enemy" challenges traditional American thought on the 5th Amendment and provides out-of-the-box thinking on gun control. Author Ray Rhamey imagines the impact of revolutionary ways to deal with crime and weaponry on ordinary and not-so-ordinary people. He also leaves readers wondering if they might work in the real world. In the year 2017, the U.S. Attorney General fears that an Oregon-based movement called The Allies threatens American democracy. She sends mercenary Jeff Black to investigate as necessary and assassinate as needed. He encounters a society in which lethal firearms are banned but the majority of citizens are armed, and a justice system that compels an accused to testify against himself. Black ends up fighting for his life in a hellhole prison, with America's future tied to the outcome. Citing Pogo's famous words, "We have met the enemy, and he is us," Rhamey says The Enemy was sparked by a sense of powerlessness against "madmen and mad children with guns and the American justice system's revolving doors that spit criminals back onto the street almost as soon as they are arrested. But I also wanted to create a page-turner story that was a good read."
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Like you, I could do nothing about the assault on us by madmen (and madchildren) and criminals with guns. Like you, I could do nothing about the revolving doors in the American justice system that spit criminals out almost as soon as they are arrested.
I felt increasingly isolated in our society of chaotic differences, a fragment amongst increasing fragmentation. I needed community, yet found little. But I hoped, too, because human beings can do prodigious good when they ally.
Thus "The Enemy," a seed that could grow into the end of lethal weapons in America, real justice, community, and prosperity.About the Author:
Ray Rhamey was a psychology major in college who somehow evolved into a writer/creative director in advertising. He has also written animation scripts for television, including an adaptation of "The Little Engine That Could."
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