Joys of War (Hardback)
From the Foreign Legion, the SAS and into Hell with PTSD
As featured in the Daily Mirror: 'PTSD soldier reveals how horror of war meant he couldn't cope with everyday life.'
Author interview with Forces Network: 'Special forces veteran opens up about PTSD struggle.'
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Irishman John-Paul Jordan, still only in his thirties, has led an extraordinary life … from the Foreign Legion and security in Iraq to serving his country in Afghanistan for which he was decorated for his leadership and bravery … and on to ‘herding’ journalists on the front line in Libya … and hunting for gold in Afghanistan …
However, once back in Civvy Street, the camaraderie was gone; he found himself a prisoner of war to PTSD. Dehumanised by those professionals who he had turned to for help, this Special Forces veteran and former Legionnaire was brought to his knees. His marriage was over; his home was lost. In isolation, his world unravelled, and the seeds of destruction had been well and truly sewn. Knowing he would never see military action again and faced with the realisation of the war raging within him in the spiral of PTSD, John-Paul felt condemned as a man. But, on 1 April 2016, he surrendered – life, too, it would seem, has a sense of humour. He asked for help … and found the answers within.
In war, John-Paul was the first to batter down the door, whether he was facing bullets or bombs. His story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit: to get back up and to lead from the front. He did not go through ‘all that’ just to go through ‘all that’. This is his story of his return to freedom and joy.
Buckle up, because this veteran doesn’t do anything by halves…
A warts and all personal narrative of an articulate, hard-as-nails young Irishman.Forces Pension Society
A compelling book.
I found John-Paul Jordan’s style of writing/speaking perfect for my style of reading. I would like to think I write in this form. He writes with a straight forward approach, a lot of Irish slang, which adds a great flavor to the overall tone of the book. He speaks from a voice of deep experience and a good soldier can tell he knows what he is talking about and he explains it in a way that is clear and concise. I truly enjoyed this book on many levels... For Special Forces soldiers in the US or UK this will be one of the best reads of the year. Wanna know how to deal with and overcome PTSD. Here is your guidebook!Argunners, Christopher 'Moon' Mullins
His account of his illness is honest and graphic and the advice he offers is valid and helpful. A good book, if a slim one and well worth reading.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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The author, John-Paul Jordon, who spent his youth in Northern Island during the troubles, takes the reader through his career with the French Foreign Legion, the Special Air Service [SAS] and a fixer and escort for journalist and film crews, seeking stories in worn torn areas. He sort combat but although he escaped the bullet he suffered from unseen injuries: addiction to combat which took into dark corners of his mind. This lost him his young wife and family as he medicated on alcohol.Richard Gough, Military Author and Historian
“Joys of War” offers a rare look into the world of the modern soldiers’ world form the training through the fighting to the return to civilian life and the mental battles that always accompany the reentry into society... This book is relatively easy reading (jargon included) with a fast moving narrative, effectively informing the reader about what goes on in todays’ military world.The Past In Review, David Lee Poremba
This an amazing read for anyone. You don’t need to be interested in the military for this to be inspirational. It’s full of heart, endeavour and human strength and frailty. The idea that anything can be overcome is in every line, with a genuine, heartfelt belief. Not many people could be so open and vulnerable, then go on to show the strength it takes to triumph over such adversity. You will smile, whilst crying and as I did, start over and read it all again. If you’re feeling challenged in your life? There is hope and advice here.Amazon Customer
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This is certainly not your average military autobiography.Sky & Bullets, Paul Smiddy
This is a very important book at many levels and deserves a wide readership, not least because it deals with aspects of war that we often chose to ignore. The story of the author's extraordinary military experiences is covered warts and all, as is his struggle to adjust to life beyond the military. - Much RecommendedFiretrench
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As featured inSunday Mirror 25/11/18
As featured onForces Network
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Cristie Underwood
This is a book that all Americans should read, as it is raw and honest about the struggles many of our military face with PTSD. Our service people give up so much for our freedom that we owe it to them to provide the tools necessary to make a smooth transition back to life as a civilian after the witnessing of horrors of war.
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