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Publisher's Summary

On 24th August 2010, in battle in Afghanistan, Corporal Daniel Keighran risked his life in a hail of gunfire to save his fellow soldiers. His actions saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the 99th Australian to receive our country's highest award for bravery.

Courage Under Fire tells of Daniel's unlikely journey to become one of Australia's most celebrated soldiers. 

Growing up was tough for Daniel. When he was 11, his father showed up in his life, for the first time, with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He relocated his son, daughter and their mother 400 kilometres away from their loving grandparents and a coastal home to a shack with a dirt floor in outback Queensland. From then on, Daniel fought to maintain a sense of order and purpose amid the chaos of family violence and criminal activity. 

Inspired by his much-loved grandfather, a WWII veteran, Daniel joined the army. There he found the structure that was missing from his teen years. Although just 17, Daniel adapted quickly to the demands of life in the military, always willing to learn, always wanting to grow, always seeking to emulate the example of his grandfather.

Courage Under Fire is an outstanding military memoir, packed with tales of multiple tours, accounts of extraordinary camaraderie and a reflection on the unseen cost of service. Most of all it is a testament to the idea that anything is possible if you know what you stand for.

©2020 Daniel Keighran, Tony Park (P)2020 Macmillan Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"A man selfless in the face of threat. Courageous in the face of terror. Generous in the face of suffering. And humble in the face of an honour bestowed." (Dame Quentin Bryce) 

"One of Australia's most reluctant heroes. A raw, honest, humorous and inspirational story of a modern soldier and the burden of heroism." (Mark Donaldson VC)

"From a tough upbringing in outback Queensland to selfless courage on the battlefield in Afghanistan to save his mates, this book tells the inspirational story of a soldier's soldier." (Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC)        

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excellent book about a life.

loved the book, I just wish the narrator got some of the terminology checked before the performance.

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Fantastic story that is told from the heart

Absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen to more. I had chills at times and many laughs throughout. Wonderful read

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Great Aussie digger

Loved listening to Dans story.
There's a lot of detail in there that a lot of veterans can relate to.
But then there was the mispronunciation of a few things that bugged me a little.

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one of the best

I have listened to a huge number of war biographies in recent years on audible but this was one of the very best. brilliant narration and the story was incredible. it also discussed some of the complexities of our thinking about heroism. I highly recommend this book.

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Awesome book

An inspiring story told in an entertaining and interesting way . Daniel is a true Aussie hero , as a veteran myself I can only be in awe of his courage , humility and strength of character . Strongly recommend this story , well narrated as well .

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Excellent book

Well written and a very interesting account of the life of this young man. Worthwhile to read.

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brilliant. one of the best I have heard.

absolutely loved it. either in a tractor, truck or excavator I could not turn it off .

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Eye opening

I was really quite surprised at the candour displayed by Dan Keighran in this autobiography. His childhood was not conventional nor was it easy and it serves as an example of how one need not be constrained by one’s upbringing.

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Thanks mate!

A must read for anyone wanting a glimpse of what military life is like. Dan has an amazing story and shares it beautifully

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Amazing

I couldn’t more highly recommend this book. The book gave a excellent insight. Great read

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must read

As a ex serving member and a mtf1 vet dan has not only given our story justice but given a great insite into the life of himself and how many men and women find there way to the army and laying down there all for this great country
ALPHA COY MTF1

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