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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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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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  • craig
  • 01-07-16

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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  • PiratePete
  • 02-22-18

Great story

Excellent true life story of how a troublesome kid becomes a military legend.

The only reason I critically marked the performance down one star was due to the fact that there was a tendency to repeat explanations of the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) used. Many are well known in common language and didn't need explanation at all ... but ok explain it once to me. However, once I have been told I don't need to be reminded again. Just a mild annoyance in an otherwise brilliant book.

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  • michael
  • 10-14-16

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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  • Matt Withers
  • 03-28-18

Wow!

A thoroughly interesting and inspirational story!
A good bloke, and a true Aussie hero. Much respect!

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  • john grisinger
  • 03-25-18

Down to Earth SAS Soldier Story

Fantastic and humble story about the amazing life of this SAS soldier. The book goes into quite a bit of detail on early life and the events and people that shaped his life. The action described in Afghanistan is very detailed and gives an excellent understanding of what the SAS we're doing during these missions. Hats off for a top read.

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  • One more in the Matrix
  • 02-20-18

Great audio book

Loved it and a good reminder for me of the sacrifices others have made. Lest We Forget

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-18

Awesome.

An absolutely amazing story. Well worth a listen. He is an amazing person who has earned his reputation

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  • neil
  • 12-21-17

Buy this book

Amazing book by an amazing bloke
Well written and articulate, it really manages to make you feel a part of his life from start to finish.
Highly recommended.

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  • Jonathon
  • 11-21-17

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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  • Theres
  • 10-23-17

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