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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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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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  • Robert
  • 08-12-18

excellent work

I enjoy this genre but particularly appreciated the genuine and humble style of writing of a true hero

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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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  • Cat
  • 09-04-18

A good listen

Mark draws you in, feeling like a mate telling you his life experiences. And what a life he’s had. Would recommend

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  • Chris Doyle
  • 08-31-18

Great Story

This book is awesome. Honestly worth the read. Thanks Mark and Emma and every person that made this story possible. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

Inspirational, resilient, true blue aussie story.

Mark shares his inspirational, true blue story in a raw, exposed narrative showing him at his worst and his best as he faces the challenges in his life head on, never running away.

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  • M.
  • 08-22-18

Incredible

Perfect narrator for one incredible story.
Could not put this book down, listened to it every second possible over three days. Mark Donaldson is one very humble human

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-18

A powerful story

Thankyou for a insight to the real life of the SAS and the story of your life , much appreciated . A well enjoyed listen of a real story thats should be not forgoten

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  • Debbie
  • 08-05-18

awesome

This book is by far the best book I have listen to.loved every minute . I have waited years for a detailed insight into the SASR and this book delivered. Most memorable parts for me was the selection course along with many many other parts .The narration of this book was enjoyable and I ate this book up in record time .I highly recommended this book .

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  • chris
  • 06-28-18

An Amazing Story from a Noble Man

This story was absolutely amazing. It was so easy to listen to and told in a way that kept me wanting more. I’m glad to know that we have these kind of people protesting the freedoms we take for granted.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

Excellent read.

Mark Donaldson you truly are a legend. What a great book, from a very humble hero. Thank-you for your service, your country owes you.