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The Easy Day Was Yesterday

The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
Narrated by: Neil Pigot
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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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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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
  • 05-31-18

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
  • 07-16-18

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
  • 09-27-18

a little tedious

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

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  • Samuel Green
  • 08-03-18

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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  • MRJ
  • 07-25-19

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.

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  • dread
  • 07-12-19

Pretty good on the whole.

Slow pace sometimes. Story OK... interesting life. Describes some of the worst things imaginable... didn't really need to hear that stuff. Narrator excellent.

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  • sean
  • 05-08-19

Brilliant

Great listen the narrator was excellent and story was very well put. hat of to Paul Jordan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-23-19

Enjoyable, but also very serious at times

I would recommend this book, the guy is awesome. Recounts the stories in great detail.

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  • andrew smith
  • 03-14-19

great book<br />

narrator was marvelous brought the Book to Life
very sad in places funny in others

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  • tony
  • 03-10-19

Time

This book took a long time to start
But was just about all right as a listen

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  • Shannen Twine
  • 07-26-18

Pure Aussie-tough with heart

This was the best narrators performance I’ve ever heard! Perfectly suits the tough as teeth heart of gold story. Get it! Now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-18

well worth the time

A very good true story, unpolished and real.
At times darkly comic with that laconic Australian attitude that sees so many Aussies take even the most harrowing experiences in their stride and just keep going if only to get to a decent brew or 5 minutes of shut eye before doing it all again.
Great book by Paul Jordan, perfect narration by Neil Pigot too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-19

great story laxidasical reader

amazing moving story; however the read is a bit flat. but still would listen again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-19

Unusural Approach

How to tell the story of the life of an SAS soldier? Start of with a dubious accusation and imprisonment and then cover the story with flash backs during the imprisonment. It was well read and very entertaining, we were spared most of the gory war details. The drawn out imprisonment was interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

A soilders life story very dry & detailed...

Struggled to get through the blow by blow accounts of every detail, needs editing and some dramatisation. He is no Banjo Patterson, but has had some unique & horiffic experiences... but just so dry!

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  • Tom E.
  • 03-31-19

Oustanding best in its genre l.

Dunny at times, tragic at others would love to know what happened to some of the people in the book like the old man. Cant recommend this highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

amazing

one of the best audio books I have heard
and unbelievable description of the events!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-18

This book is S#ite

The boring day was yesterday until I started listening to this again!!

Very underwhelming story line end even worse narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-18

Takes the reader on an amazing journey.

found this one to be very entertaining, some things mentioned in the book is so hard to believe to believe!

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  • Theres
  • 09-08-18

Great narration and engaging story

Fantastic choice of narrator and the story layout of the frustrating stint in the Indian prison, laced with reflective and heavy stories about experiences in the SAS, I really found myself being drawn in and engaged in the story. Heartbreakingly brutal and incomprehensible in regards to some if Paul's experiences, but an insight none the less.