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Tour de Force

The Explosive Journey from Street Cop to Chief of Australian Border Force
Narrated by: Roman Quaedvlieg
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Roman Quaedvlieg was always destined to make a mark. As a rookie policeman on the mean streets of Fortitude Valley in the dying days of the Moonlight State, his first arrest was Brisbane's most wanted escapee. Three decades later, he found himself navigating through the corridors of power in Canberra.

Tour de Force charts the years in between, during which he truly sees it all. From policing on the beat to going undercover with bikies and gangs, to eventually running covert operations at the Australian Crime Commission, exposing major drug importations while working in customs services and leading the operation to turn back boats on international waters. Right up to being appointed as the very first head of the Australian Border Force, Roman Quaedvlieg's story is one of a tough, resourceful and disciplined policeman rising through the ranks to the very top of law enforcement in Australia. This is a personal and political story that exposes a deeply conflicted national security system and doesn't shy away from his notorious sacking from the top job.

Tour de Force is a detailed and explosive memoir, revealing a lifelong quest for justice in the face of cronyism, unbridled ambition, politics and vested interests.

©2020 Roman Quaedvlieg (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia
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Terribly edited audio ruins otherwise interesting story.

This books was quite interesting. Despite his faults and ultimate downfall, Quadvlieg offers some eye opening insight into Australian policing, border security and politics. Unfortunately there are numerous places in the audio where paragraphs are repeated or re-read and never edited. This is a combination of Quadvlieg not being a natural voice talent but mostly poor post production.

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Gripping and Sad - it's been hard to put down.

Great read and it filled in a lot of gaps for me.
Highly recommended read.
It is sad how poorly our political masters and their underlings behave in Canberra. Machiavellian principles reign supremely. Good luck with your future Roman.

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  • John
  • 09-06-2020

A few edits must have been missed

An interesting insight in to the world of policing and the interplay of politicians and public servants in Canberra.

The last few chapters appear to have missed the attention of the editor in a few locations. A number of repeated passages occurs where the reader needed a second take due to a missread etc