New Book Fuses Romance, Struggle and Ascension in a Land of Ambiguity

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“NOTO of JAVA” by author Jono Hardjowirogo is a romantically enchanting tale where one man’s accidental unraveling of a mystery leads him to an exciting and life-changing journey—and discoveries

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Author Jono Hardjowirogo takes readers to this island to witness an engrossing story of romance, struggle and ascension in a land of ambiguity—a tale that follows a young army’s quest and discoveries in NOTO of JAVA.

In the southern part of Indonesia, there lies Java, a lush and beautiful island dotted with volcanoes that clearly hid the explosive power bigger than any human can muster. The Javanese, the largest tribe residing on the island also reflect this hidden dichotomy—calm and pleasant yet on occasion had been known to savagely kill thousands of its own for the sake of ideology or religion.

This book follows Noto, a young man who, even after tragically losing his parents, somehow was still able to move through life with relative ease—succeeding in everything he did through his sheer determination, cunning, and, very likely, the intelligence with which he was born. His story progresses when a short respite from the army offered him an unexpected chance to unravel the mystery of who his parents were. This episode eventually led him to the palace, where the Sultan had been forewarned of his arrival through the Court Recorder’s unusual dream. The spiritual aspect of the premonition which foretold his arrival and the revelation of Noto’s earlier encounter with the Goddess of the Southern Ocean (Nyai Roro Kidul) marked Noto as a special person—someone to be reckoned with.

NOTO of JAVA promises to fill readers’ desire for a good book of this genre. Hardjowirogo manages to deftly weave a captivating and delightful tale filled with essential elements that will grip readers until its surprising conclusion unfolds. This book is the first of a trilogy, which will chronicle Noto’s life.

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About the Author
A graduate of Long Island University and the University of California at Los Angeles, Jono Hardjowirogo worked as Computer Books Editor at Bantam Books, Simon Schuster, and Henry Holt for many years. During 1990s, he worked for Berlitz International, as its Worldwide Publishing Director, handling travels as well as language instruction books in 16 different languages. The last 12 years he worked for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the oldest computer society in the world, as its Publisher. In 2010, he was honored by Cambridge Who’s Who, which named him as Publisher of the Year. During the same time, he also received a Certificate of Recognition for inclusion into the Elite American Executives.

NOTO of JAVA * by Jono Hardjowirogo
A Tale of Love, Struggle, and Ascension in a Land of Ambiguity
Publication Date: May 9, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 269 pages; 978-1-4691-9996-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 269 pages; 978-1-4691-9997-9
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-9998-6
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