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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The debut novel from Rush Leaming:

Ramanya, a former rebel soldier from Burma (Myanmar), now lives as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. One morning, a strange man appears at his temple and says that Ramanya’s family, which Ramanya had long thought dead, is actually alive and in hiding back in Burma.

Is it true? Or just a trick by the ruling junta to lure him back and execute
Paperback, 314 pages
Published September 2nd 2016 by Bridgewood Ent.
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Marta Tandori
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Go, Ramanya by gifted author, Rush Leaming, is, as the book’s synopsis indicates, a taut, literary thriller that immediately throws readers into turbulent political upheaval as the Mon rebel army wage assault on the Burmese Embassy. Ironically, the book’s main protagonist, Ramanya, and his best friend, Tissa, belonged to the rebel army before seeking refuge at the monastery as monks. Michael Shaw, an American, teaches English to the monks at the monastery, while Father Bob, a man of the cl ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The book offered a history lesson in Burma/Myanmar and Thailand areas. The book is a political thriller with some interesting twists and turns. All of the main people in the book have past issues and are running from something personal. I appreciated the writing in this book and the editing. It was a quick read and the editing allowed this book to flow without repetition and excess words that I find in so many books published recently. I will look for more books in th ...more
Ashley Nicole
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-win, 2016-19
I would like to start by saying that I received a copy of this novel through Goodreads giveaways.

This novel was nothing what I had expected it to be but I enjoyed it very much. The main character Ramanya leaves his past behind to live a life of peace rather then war. He believes his mother and sister dead until one day a man shows up with proof that they are not. With the help of an English teacher and a priest the three set out on a journey that seems impossible! Each man learning more about th
Ann C. Kincaid
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fell in love with the characters

Rush Leaming's "Don't Go, Ramanya" features three unlikely English teacher, a priest, and a Buddhist monk. The story takes place in the newly renamed Myanmar, where rebel factions are fighting a corrupt government. Sometimes when I am reading a book I become distracted by the author's method of character development. Leaming, on the other hand, spins a tale and reveals characters in a natural way, so that you feel like you're there watching. This is a
Blanca Rosa
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Political thriller with a gripping plot
This is a very interesting story about Ramanya, who has fled his homeland and become a Buddhist monk only sixteen months before the start of the events depicted. His mother and sister were killed by soldiers during a period of civil unrest. There is a psychological depth to the novel and, although it is very political, ythe author does not lose track of his characters. I thought Father Bob and Michael Shaw – both escaping from events in their past – were ex
Rachel Sakitis
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Don't Go Ramanya is a interesting book about the lives of three main characters and how their lives are brought together. They embark on a journey to help Ramanya get back to his family. It was quick paced and easy to read.

I would recommend this book to others.
Denise Lucas
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Go, Ramanya written by Rush Leaming is an amazingly well written novel. The author uses vivid details and descriptions to pull the reader into the world of Ramanya, the main character. The novel is fiction, but has aspects of non-fiction, as some of the story line is based on events that actually took place. In the beginning of this book, the author encourages the reader to research these events, and I took the initiative and learned quite a lot. I believe the reality of truth mixed with t ...more
Ian Miller
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramanya is a young Burmese who had revolted against the Military government of Burma (Myanmar) then decided this was getting him nowhere, so he fled to Thailand and became a Buddhist monk in Bangkok. There are two lesser characters: Michael, an American who has come to Bangkok to "escape" and has degenerated to a drunk, and Bob, a priest who has also become involved in Burmese revolts. Ramanya is told his family is alive, and he is invited to go back to a remote part of Burma and be with them. B ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I read this book I was often reminded of how realistic this story is considering it is a novel. The struggles the common citizen, in a third world country, faces just for survival is foreign to those of us in the States. We don’t fear our fathers and sons will be taken to fight a political war, or taken as slaves.
Don’t Go, Ramanya is a stimulating novel that rapidly moves you from each of the main characters. Rush Leaming charms us with the sweet innocence of orphans who are delighted wit
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Go, Ramanya by Rush Leaming is a very good debut novel.

During the turbulent days of the Burmese Embassy hostage crisis, the lives of a monk (Pra Ramanya), a priest , (Father Bob Hanlan) and a teacher (Michael Shaw) collide in unusual ways as they band together to reunite a family torn apart by the Army and the political uprising.

Each man is running away from some action he took earlier in his life. And, ultimately, each deals with the consequences of their action—in very different ways.

Brian Rothbart
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book as it helped me revisit two of my favorite countries: Thailand and Myanmar. The descriptions of the settings are so vivid that you almost believe you are in Southeast Asia. The characters are also so well defined. The fast paced plot moves along nicely and there are some nice twists and turns. It is an all around well written book. I look forward from more books by this author. Highly recommend.
Jace Patterson
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really cool book. Fast-paced but with a lot of depth. Great characters and setting. Vivid descriptions of Thailand and Burma. It starts off with a dream sequence, which many say is a no-no, but it was well-done and I liked it. The author tells the story from the POV's of four different characters, and amazingly it works! Each one is distinct and fully realized and it never gets confusing. Some nice twists at the end that I didn't see coming. Highly recommend. ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free from Goodreads giveaways.

This was a good story. The author did a good job of creating characters that were believable and felt like they were real people. I wish I knew more about the historical context of the background events, but I didn't feel lost while reading it either.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just can’t categorise this novel. It defies categorisation. It is part thriller, part political history, part geography lesson, part travelogue and part thriller. I very much enjoyed it for all these reasons but especially because it is character driven and the main three characters, Bob, Michael and the eponymous Ramanya, are skilfully drawn and I really cared what happened to them.

Jane Speight
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Journey of Hope And Redemption

The characters are deep and strong and they move through a fast moving plot that takes the reader through an exotic land which fills the senses. A powerful book and a must read.
Luis Cuesta
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. The settings are good and credible and the characters feel real . The plot can be confusing sometimes but overall a good novel.
Brittney Carmichael
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RUSH LEAMING has done many things including spending 15+ years in film/video production working on such projects as "The Lord of the Rings" films. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina. His first novel, DON'T GO, RAMANYA, a political thriller set in Thailand, was published in the Fall of 2016 and reached number one on Amazon. His latest novel, was published Fall of 2 ...more

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