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The Crossroad Audiobook

The Crossroad

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Publisher's Summary

On 2 September ,2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life.

His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969.Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments in Afghanistan was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC. He was a rebellious child and teenager, even before the death of his father - a Vietnam veteran - when Mark and his brother were in their mid-teens. A few years later, their mother disappeared, presumed murdered. Her body has never been found.

Mark's decisions could have easily led him down another path, to a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he chose a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation and he found himself a natural soldier, progressing unerringly to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military.

From his turbulent early years to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Mark's book is the frank and compelling story of a man who turned his life around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

©2013 Mark Donaldson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute and did not tune out at any stage. Have listened to this twice and could easily do it a third time.

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    michael 14/10/2016
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    "And amazing story of a true Aussie Hero."

    An amazing story of a true Hero. It made mw proud to be an Australian

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    Jonathon 21/11/2017
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    "Thank you."

    The best book and storie I have ever read. Written by a man who has done so much for his country and others.

    Thank you for your service.

    Lest we forget.

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    Anonymous 23/10/2017
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    "what an uncommon and unexpected life pre-SAS"

    the narrator captured the tone of the book perfectly. very easy to listen to while keeping you captivated. such an unconventional life and adversity that lead him to the regiment in the first place. not a glam war or gung ho type of read but just a raw experience. 5 out of 5

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    Kerri 19/10/2017
    Kerri 19/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring Story "

    Was captivated right from the start. Inspiring Aussie story of small town kid who became a hero and remained humble.

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    Mrs. A.M. Andrew Castle Cove, NSW Australia 11/10/2017
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    "Amazing story "

    A wonderful inspiration. Thanks for sharing your life, which is full of loss and challenges. Thanks also for giving insight into the modern war and its costs and consequences.

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    Dean 04/10/2017
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    "Good Read"

    overall good book. a little bit long but truly
    exciting in parts. some aad bits.

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    "Inspiring story"

    We listened to this together as a family. It was really interesting and inspiring. Would recommend.

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    Anonymous 20/09/2017
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    "Outstanding"

    Very moving. Thank you mark and the members of the special air service regiment and the wider Australian Defence force for your service.

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    matthew andrew wood 17/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbelievable!"

    This story is nothing short of unbelievable! It is awe inspiring and will give you a real appreciation of life, it's challenges and what our soldiers go through both at home and abroad.

    Mark Donaldson VC is a hero and undeniably demonstrates the care, humanity and tenacity we should all strive toward, no matter how hard the task at hand.

    This book will have you laughing, crying and wanting to thank every soldier for the risks they take and their families for the sacrifices they make.

    Could not give a higher recommendation to listen to this audio book!

    Thanks Mark Donaldson VC and all other soldiers, warriors and families supporting our troops.

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    "A must read for all Australians. "

    ever Australian should read and know this story. should be a part of school history classes.

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    "Outstanding. My book of the year"
    Where does The Crossroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. Loved the story, loved the presenter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark was the focus of the book and I loved his honesty, integrity and grit.


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Loved David's emotion in the story, you really felt like you were there in the desert with Mark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were places when I learnt of people dying that I got truly choked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of books an this is definitely my book of the year. A long but thrilling read. Totally got my monies worth.

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