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The Easy Day was Yesterday - The extreme life of an SAS soldier [Kindle Edition]

Paul Jordan
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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My SAS selection course instructor, was as hard as nails. At the start of each day’s training, he would say, ‘Men, the easy day was yesterday.’ With that, we’d all let out a silent sigh contemplating the tortures that lay ahead of us.

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produce a young man hell bent on being the best of the best — an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. He survives the gut-wrenching training regime, deployment to the jungles of Asia and the horrors of genocide in Rwanda before leaving the army to embark on a career as a security adviser.

His new life sees him pursuing criminals and gun-toting bandits in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons, protecting CNN newsmen as the US 7th Cavalry storms into Baghdad with the outbreak of the Iraq War, and facing death on a massive scale as he accompanies reporters into the devastated Indonesian town of Banda Aceh, flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami.

During his 24 days in an Indian gaol, Paul Jordan discovers that friendship and human dignity somehow survive the filth and deprivation. This is a personal account of a tough, hardened fighter who suddenly finds himself totally dependent on others for his every need.

The Easy Day was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest and raw, but laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan’s eventful life, however, is the strength of his bonds with family and friends and the ability of the human spirit to survive even the direst adversity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477499873
  • Publisher: Big Sky Publishing (6 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089JQ1PC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read 28 July 2013
Not the best book I've read but I did enjoy it all the same, the Australian SAS get less respect than they deserve in my opinion. What people need to realise is that it doesn't matter which country you serve with, the SAS are the Elite fighting force and are second to none.
The guy writes in an easy to read and understand way and for that I enjoyed it. I remember the DS on selection when I was in the reserves saying the same thing, "yesterday was the easy day" and in many cases he was right. Well done mate on a decent book. Give it a try, if you are open minded and enjoy reading about other countries forces then you should enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 25 Sept. 2013
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The majority of the book covers his time in jail which got quite repetitious.Disjointed the way it flitted onto various episodes in his career.hard to get interested in story.not a good read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Easy Day Was Yesterday. 12 Sept. 2012
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The British SAS seem to be restricted by confidentiality agreements now so a view from the perspective of the Australian SAS(R)is very welcome. The compassionate account of the Rwandan massacres and the role of the UN in yet another feeble peace-keeping role is well observed and very powerful in its delivery. The author's time in an Indian prison is depressingly repetitive and gives us some hint of how the reality must have been and his time embedded with American troops on the push into Baghdad is revealing in its observations. All in all, this book is a great contribution to the genre and should be sought out by readers and historians alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow going ! 10 Mar. 2014
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I thought I'd ordered a book on the SAS and indeed the author was in the SAS. I think the book should have been written on life in the SAS not being locked in a jail. It was very slow going and not very action packed like I was hoping. It was well written but hard going in parts. I have had to put the book down a few times but keep giving it another go.
Not the best book I've ever read but not the worst either, if your looking for a Andy McNab type book then this isn't for you but well done to Paul Jordan for writing a book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read about a great mans career. 15 Dec. 2013
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Not laid out as a normal book written by an author but tells of an extraordinary life of soldier as he saw it in his own words. I started this book and got into it straight away. Paul Jordan is an extraordinary man who was in the right places at the wrong time,what he has seen and done would see off lesser human beings. He does not big up himself in anyway killing hundreds and saving the world.its just a guy doing things he had to do at the time.
Wish you all the best in life .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review. 3 Nov. 2013
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This turned out to be rather slow and boring in parts. Definitely not one for leaving you on the edge of your seat!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book, but an easy read all the same 27 Dec. 2014
Not the best book, but an easy read all the same. The cover bears no real relation to the content of the book (as most of it is post SAS). There are also some odd errors - seems to think that the boxing day Tsunami was on 2005 opposed to 2004, making me wonder what else was wrong in the book. Overall, something to read if you want something simple and easygoing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reasonable read 8 Nov. 2012
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Interesting read, shows how easy it is to get yourself into a situation not of your making and how difficult it can be to extricate yourself, even with all the knowledge, experience and training gained by a member of the SAS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
On the mark
Published 29 days ago by Michael Bryan Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing at all like the cover portrays
Most of this book is about the authors time in an Indian goal and nothing at all to do with being a special forces soldier. Very disappointed
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 8 months ago by John.W.Beech
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 8 months ago by antonio riordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good insight into the life of special forces operatives
Published 9 months ago by Antony Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As it Is.
Published 14 months ago by wamm
5.0 out of 5 stars relaxed interesting read
Great book from a man who has obviously lead quite an eventful life. Especially enjoyed reading about the SAS selection process.
Published 15 months ago by DJ MUNNINGS
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Read
Not what the title suggests. Simply a story of an ex SAS soldier imprisoned after a mistaken journey in Asia
Published 18 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Its a stupid flirts yo u think that its about war and the author only writes about jail......
What a pity
Published 19 months ago by Sergio Velasco
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible........not even worth one star
This smacks of someone trying to cash in on a personal experience of injustice. Badly written, poorly linked to military experiences and just plain boring. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stefan Grzybowski
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