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The Easy Day Was Yesterday

The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
Written by: Paul Jordan
Narrated by: Neil Pigot
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs

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Publisher's Summary

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, 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, produces 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 Ache, 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.

The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

©2013 Paul Jordan (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • openheimer
  • 27-01-18

Engaging Book - Misleading Title

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is a good yarn. It is essentially a autobiography or memoir of an interesting Australian guy. It really has minimal “SAS” content, but that may be a factor of the time frame of his service and that this is about the Australian SAS.

The author relates genuine and personal stories of his life and various jobs. The literary style overall is simplistic and overuses some metaphors “squadron of mosquitoes” is repeated too many times.

Sometimes the detail is tedious and ignores the Chekhov's gun principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed; elements should not appear to make "false promises" by never coming into play. This alone can derail the storytelling in this memoir.

I found the training portion very interesting as it mirrors the selection procedure at Hereford. As a former infantry NCO, the contrast of the Australian mountain training and the British Army’s infamous “fan dance” in the Brecon Beacons was engaging. This grueling 24KM race up Pen y Fan and the other peaks is part of the SAS and Senior NCO courses, Brecon.

Overall it’s a solid tale, but it is not a book about the SAS.

Would you recommend The Easy Day Was Yesterday to your friends? Why or why not?

No, skip it.

Which character – as performed by Neil Pigot – was your favorite?

Neil Pigot was very dry, I imagine this was based on the material.

Did The Easy Day Was Yesterday inspire you to do anything?

Only to tell stories about the Brecon course in Wales.

Any additional comments?

A bit of a slog, but stick with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-18

Not what I thought it would be.

Bit disappointed really. I bought this hoping to hear about his army career. Three stars.

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  • ahooke
  • 16-07-18

Not what I thought

It is all about a guy who spends a few days in an Indian jail over a silly incident. Whether he was SAS or not irrelevant because the story is nothing about that.
It is actually quite boring, it could be related within a couple of chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-18

a little tedious

seemed more like a report than a novel, the narration seemed a little lacklustre too.

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  • Samuel Green
  • 03-08-18

not really about the SAS

this guy spends 90% of his time talking about a few weeks in a dirty prison in (I think) Nepal. Whilst filthy most of the people treat him well and sound quite nice. Whilst no doubt a traumatic experience it really isn't interesting enough to form the basis of a book. the structure of the book is also disjointed and whilst I felt a fondness for the author I can't help but feel he had better stories to tell us but didn't. I listed to about 70% of the book I couldn't continue. For me a brilliant ending would not have saved the book.

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  • A
  • 01-04-20

Not what you expected.

This story is not what it says on the tin. In the whole account there are two stories relating to him time in the Special forces. The vast majority of it is based around his time in an Indian jail, which is fine, and a pretty good story, but its certainly isn't what the summary made out it was going to be.

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  • TPJ Cumiskey
  • 21-11-19

A very entertaining listen

This was a great listen, very entertaining and deals with some difficult situations and experiences with appropriate humour and humility

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  • Jonny C
  • 19-10-19

Expected more from this book

I got through this but never felt the story actually took off. Sort of peaked around the third chapter and never really picked up from there I felt.

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  • Victor Cartagena
  • 16-09-19

the worst audiobook ever.

the worst audiobook. no plot, mediocre story telling and flat. I tried to listen more but I could not continue.

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  • B. Foster
  • 02-09-19

Not what I was expecting

It appeared to be advertised as a memoir of the life of an elite soldier but instead turned out to be mainly the story of a short stay in a foreign prison. Whilst I cannot begin to imagine how horrendous this must have been, the events are disjointed and I wasn’t a huge far of the narrator.
Got about 3 hours in and couldn’t stick with it any longer

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  • MRJ
  • 25-07-19

Waste of a credit.

Tried hard to like this book but it just never got going. Its about as interesting as an episode of a well known soap from the same country as the author.