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Book Release: Joys of War by John-Paul Jordan #PTSD #ForeignLegion #ArmyLife

Please find a press release below about the release of Joys of War by John-Paul Jordan, due out on 30th October from Pen & Sword. The author, John-Paul Jordan, is based in Leeds, originally from Sligo in Ireland, and is available for face-to-face, telephone and email interviews. Extracts can be requested from the book and serialisation rights are available (upon approval from the publisher). For media enquiries, to request interview time with John-Paul Jordan, or to see a review copy of the book (hardback/digital copies available), please contact:


Joys of War

By John-Paul Jordan

Irishman John-Paul Jordan (40), now living in Leeds, West Yorkshire, has led an extraordinary life... from the Foreign Legion and security in Iraq to serving his country in Afghanistan for which he was awarded for his leadership and bravery. 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, John-Paul's 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...


"This is for veterans and non-veterans alike. A genuine page turner that will leave you empowered to take that next step in changing your life for the better."


About the Author

Ex-Special Forces, John-Paul Jordan is an author and recovery consultant. His first book was a self-help guide inspired by his own incredible experiences - How To Stop Taking Drugs in 30 Days: A Simple and Daring Plan - which launched in September 2017 as an eBook. John-Paul is a former Legionnaire with the French Foreign Legion, after which he joined the British Armed Forces, serving in operations in Afghanistan where he awarded for his actions in combat. Following his military service, John-Paul worked for international media organisation in warzones clandestinely moving journalists in and out of some of the world most dangerous hotspots, before heading up logistics for a mining company in Afghanistan and training local forces.


John-Paul also assisted Primark, the international retail giant, in the disaster relief operations in the aftermath of the biggest modern-day industrial accident Dhaka Bangladesh, when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed. His personal injuries from war took their toll with the effects of physical injury and non-visible injuries, PTSD. As part of his own recovery he wrote about his experience to share his story with others and liberate himself from the stigma of PTSD and mental health issues - or what he terms non-visible injuries... because that's what they are: an injury to be treated like any other.


He has met some incredible people from all walks of life - veterans and non-veterans alike - and one thing he is sure of is that you don't have to have been to war to be at war.


John-Paul's mission is to help everyone facing an inner challenge to find their way to freedom. To start the conversation. Remove the stigma and live in the solution not the problem. He has been working closely with the charity Mind, including advising on the set of a national television programme, sharing his experiences of injuries from war.




Title:Joys of War

Author:John-Paul Jordan

Publisher:Pen & Sword Books

Publication date:30thOctober 2018

Availability:Paperback, eBook, International distribution

Category:Military Memoir,


Price: £19.99


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