New Fiction Unravels a Story of Rebirth of a New Kingdom

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“NOTO of JAVA II” tells the continuing tale of Noto whose life-changing journey and discovery culminate in his rule on the Kingdom of New Mataram.

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For those not familiar with the history of Java, the original Muslim kingdom of Mataram which peaked with Sultan Agung during the early part of the 17th Century eventually degenerated because of sibling rivalries and petty jealousies; brothers pitted against brothers, uncles against nephews, to gain control of a kingdom which was rapidly weakening and quickly fell under the control of the colonial Dutch rule. It eventually split into two, then three, then four. Today, the remnants of those four kingdoms are still in evidence: the Kasunanan of Solo, Kasultanan of Jogya, Pura Mangkunegaran, and Pura Paku Alaman. Each descendant house to the day still claims legitimacy as the rightful heir to that long-ago kingdom, though no one pay too much attention to them, except for those who are involved.

NOTO of JAVA II, the second book in a series written by author Jono Hardjowirogo tells the continuing story of Noto who becomes a fast-rising military leader and is about to be married to Princess Yanti. The wedding of the century was supposed to make the tie between the two kingdoms much closer, yet it also makes the people of Solo realize just how well-off the people of Jogya truly are. They have their beloved sultan actually working for them, managing the province ably, while the sunan of Solo is basically powerless outside the palace wall. The people demanded that the two kingdoms be merged. The solution made Noto the crown prince of both kingdoms, a position that will eventually make him the king of the Kingdom of New Mataram.

However, Notos’ struggle with Nyai Roro Kidul escalated. He needs to destroy some old, evil weapons in the armories. Most of these weapons are from the age of Sultan Agung. They had been used to kill thousands of his own people when they did not succeed in overthrowing the Dutch from Batavia. In the olden days, the Nyai Royo Kidul controlled everything. Sultan Agung and those before him, as well as some of his successors, often meditated in the caves facing the Southern Ocean to be with the Nyai. Only the more recent sultans did not meditate. He proceeded to destroy all the ill-gotten accursed weapons in the armories of Jogya and Solo. But his attempt to rid of superstitions from among the Javanese while not falling into the clasp of Muslim fundamentalism have forced him to thread a fine line guided by several of his elders.

NOTO of JAVA II brings in more excitement and entertaining value for readers as it takes them into the edge of reality while still grounding them in the real world. Well-kept secrets will be revealed and more surprises are about to be unravel in this page-turner of a read.

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About the Author

A graduate of Long Island University and the University of California at Los Angeles, Jono Hardjowirogo had worked for Hayden Books, Bantam Books, Simon & Schuster, Henry Holt, and Berlitz International. He then spent 12 years with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as its publisher of professional peer-reviewed journals. He was actively involved in the Association of American Publishers, for which he chaired its prestigious Journals Boot Camp for new editors in Montreal in 2001 and in Philadelphia in 2002. In 2010, Hardjowirogo was honored by Cambridge Who’s Who, which named him Professional of the Year of the Publishing Industry. In the same year, he also received a Certificate of Recognition for inclusion into the Elite American Executive.

NOTO of JAVA II * by Jono Hardjowirogo
The Rebirth
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
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