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The Jongurian Mission (The Jongurian Trilogy, Book One 1)

The Jongurian Mission (The Jongurian Trilogy, Book One 1) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Strandberg
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In the West, a fragile peace has held the bickering provinces of Adjuria together for the past twenty years. In the East, the Empire of Jonguria has been bound together for generations by force.

But now both countries are losing their grip. Will an Adjurian Royal Council offer up a solution, or will politics prevail? Can two ancient enemies bind their wounds, or is their hope for reconciliation, the Jongurian Mission, doomed from the start?

Join a motley group of war veterans tasked with opening up a reclusive country. But when their mission of peace suddenly turns deadly, all bets are off, and the Jongurian Mission takes on a whole new meaning: survival.

The Jongurian Mission sets you on a dazzling journey through mesmerizing lands filled with unforgettable characters that will thrill fantasy lovers young and old alike. A truly epic read that transcends the fantasy eBook genre!

Fantasy World Building

I love history. I have a degree in it and write books about it. It’s no wonder then that I also chose to create a historically-rich fantasy world.

My goal with The Jongurian Mission and the rest of the trilogy was to create a fantasy novel with political thriller characteristics. Think ‘popular TV show’ fantasy, but without all the getting down.

Instead there’d be lots of court intrigue, nobles stabbing each other in the back, and shifting alliances that could turn on a dime.

To create such a fantasy world I first had to create a history for that world. After all, my whole story revolved around events that happened in the past. It was the impetus that the people needed to get the action going in the story. And all of the characters had different motivations based on their past experiences.

To capture those past experiences I first had to define them in a detailed and historical outline. Really what it became was a short novella on this world I wanted to create. And when you think about it, a dozen or more pages wasn’t much compared to a trilogy of more than 400,000 words.

So what does this fantasy world look like? Well, you can check it out in these novels or read more on my website. Until then, enjoy these Jonguria timelines:

Overall Timeline
584 – Current Imperial family comes to power
690 – East-West War begins
700 – East-West War ends
704 – Earthquakes in Pudong and fires in Pu’lao
720 – Current year

Adjurian Civil War Timeline
694 – East-West war stalemate begins
695 – Regidia begins to hatch plans to put themselves on the throne
696 – Regidia forms an alliance with Equinia, Allidia, Hotham, and Oschem
699 – ‘Breakout’ of the stalemate plan put into action, armies defeated at Waigo
699 – Culdovian king assassinated
700 – Twelve-year old heir becomes king, appointed a regent
700 – Peace treaty signed with Jonguria at Nanbo Island
701 – Regidians forcibly remove young king in coup, take throne for themselves
702 – Montino makes an alliance with Mercentia and Shefflin
702 – Duldovia and Fadurk garrison join with Montino alliance
703 – Loyal armies move south into Culdovia
703 – Conspiring provinces raise army, move toward Culdovia
703 – Battle of Baden takes place for five days, conspirators defeated
704 – Royal Court of the Provinces takes over the task of governing

East-West War Timeline
685 – Sheffield resources dry-up, shipments to Jonguria lessen
686 – Trade goods sought by Adjuria drastically lessen in quantity
686 – Adjurians expel Jongurians from medical schools.
Jongurians expel Adjurians from military academies
687 – Jongurians accuse Adjurians of diplomatic espionage and execute diplomats Adjuria and Jonguria expel all foreigners from their countries
689 – Sinking of Adjurian and Jongurian fishing ships
690 – East-West War Begins
690 – Adjurian army lands at Baishur River
690 – Fadurk fortified
691 – Bindao falls to Adjurian army

...Continued on my website...

Enjoy The Jongurian Mission!

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Greg Strandberg was born and raised in Helena, Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 with a BA in History.

When the American economy began to collapse Greg quickly moved to China, where he became a slave for the English language industry. After five years of that nonsense he returned to Montana in June, 2013.

When not writing his blogs, novels, or web content for others, Greg enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife and young son.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, needs polish. 3.5* 5 Dec 2013
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I thought this needed tightening in places. Even in the opening paragraph we have the line:
"Even in the dark clouds could be seen overhead" which implies that the clouds are dark, rather than it's night and cloudy.

This confusion isn't helped by some head-hopping shortly after this where Leisu seems to be reflecting on Grandon's frustration. The rest of the opening flits between overview narrative, and Leisu's internal thoughts. I realise this may be a necessary info dump, but it feels too much so early on.

There are errors in proofreading such as "didn'" found towards the end of the prologue.

That said, the central story is pretty compelling. It's all about the power struggle between competing factions which gives the trilogy arc, while the first book looks more at the background of the players. There are a lot of players, and the names are very exotic (Shefflin, Oschem, Allidia, Equinia, Montino, Mercentia, Culdovia, Duldovia and Ithmia are all alluded to in one sentence!). I would have liked a bit more focus here. The author has created this huge intricate universe, but tells us a bit too much rather than allowing it to unfold through the story. I like books where the info presented is the tip of the iceberg, and I'm left to imagine the details. If you like a 'filled in' narrative, then this book is for you.

One side note - it helps to refer back to the maps given at the start to keep everything in geographical perspective. I don't know if it's possible for the publisher to add a way to hop between text and map easily, but it would make keeping everything straight much easier.

Overall, I will give the second book a chance but I'm hoping it's a little tighter as there will be less back-story to fill in. A 3.5* in my book, which I've rounded up to 4.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy 12 Nov 2013
By Helen
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I made it to chapter six. I can't say what the book is about because all that had ocurred by the end of chapter six was, a young man set out on a journey with his uncle. There was a long and tedious description of the journey interspersed with pages from a history book. The author mentions that in stories you don't read about all the details of a journey,then valiantly bucks the trend. I gave it two stars because the writing is not bad. Perhaps if I had perservered it might have got more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tense 31 May 2014
By Lolita
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the book was very good to read every moment when I was reading the book was very interesting I love it
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1.0 out of 5 stars What can I say, this book was just boring! 4 April 2014
By Andrew
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I spent 8 hours reading about political wrangling's, character descrpition and repetative dialogue about same said politics, if there is any excitement to be gained from this book, I must have missed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this book took some 19 Mar 2014
By louise
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turns I was not expecting and I am looking forward to reading the follow up book with luck we will not wait on the beach to long
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