- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Bridgewood Ent. (Aug. 31 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069277288X
- ISBN-13: 978-0692772881
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 540 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Don't Go, Ramanya Paperback – Aug 31 2016
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About the Author
RUSH LEAMING lives in the Southeastern United States. He has done many things and lived in many places. At various times in his life he has been a/an: car wash attendant, bartender, dishwasher, Adjunct Professor, lab rat decapitator, shoe salesman, fish pond builder, film actor (a very poor one), music video director, refugee camp volunteer, film production manager, ESL teacher, star of a country music video, newspaper delivery person, Chinese wok assembler, night time hotel desk clerk, cement mixer, ballet manager, waiter, internet teacher, screenwriter, short film director, Cuban cigar mule, auctioneer, pre-med student, traffic pattern analyzer, photographer, landscaper, homeless, Academic Director, shepherd, lifeguard, audio-visual coordinator, recruiter for a prestigious government agency, and single dad. Just to name a few...
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Plot: The book opens with most helpful notes by the author with respect to pronunciation, money and historical facts. The latter relevant to the fictional tale because of the occurrence of several actual pertinent events that occurred in the bordering two countries, including the Myanmar Embassy Hostage Crisis in Bangkok.
Characters/Plot: Ramanya had been known as the bomb-making Black Fox for rebels fighting the Myanmar despotic new rulers. His mother and young sister seemingly had been part of a retaliatory massacre resulting from one of his raids so, tired of killing, he had fled the country. He now is in his sixteenth month as a Buddhist Monk serving in Bangkok’s Wat Prok He is approached by a stranger who informs him that his mother and sister, instead had survived the massacre and wanted to see him. Father Bob Hanlan, a priest reinstated by Rome after having left as a result of a horrific ordeal, is attached to a group aiding the inhabitants in association with the temple. He is a good man helping everyone but also is inclined to side with various groups who are being mistreated by corrupt rulers. Unfortunately, his supportive activity leads to an unexpected result that once again places him under direct surveillance followed by a corrupt police captain blackmailing him with respect to a hitherto not publically known indiscretion during his time away from his priestly vows. The third ‘protagonist’ is Michael Shaw, an intelligent man in his thirties from South Carolina who teaches English to the Monks and assorted others during the day but fights his demons at night in constant drunken activity. The story unfolds as the three men are forced, each as directed by his own needs, into a journey together for the young man’s return.
Discussion: The author has developed an interesting story about the trials and pertinent activities of two unusual, intelligent but greatly psychologically disturbed individuals as they aid a person with perhaps somewhat similar, but ‘more understandable’ troubles. Some further editing would have increased the level of enjoyment for this reviewer. However, generally this is an enjoyable novel by an author seemingly knowledgeable of his environs.