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The Crossroad : A Story of life, death and the SAS - Mark Donaldson

The Crossroad

A Story of life, death and the SAS

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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.

About the Author

Mark Donaldson was awarded the VC in 2009. He is the first Australian to receive this honour since 1969. He was also the Young Australian of the Year in 2010. He is still a serving member of the SAS.

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4.5

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4.0

Becoming a VC winner

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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
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    Mark Donaldson is quite well known as one of the Victoria Cross winners from the war in Afghanistan.

    In The Crossroad we find out about a life that shaped him into the kind of person found qualified to join the elite SAS, and the event that led to his award of the VC.

    Donaldson doesn't hold back when it comes to the horrors of a war most of us still know little about, or the dangers that were faced by Australian troops. But he tempers all of that with occasional humour.

     
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      It is a great novel that delves into the hidden world of our Australian Servicemen.

       
      5.0

      A great read about a true Aussie hero

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          I purchased this book as I knew I would be meeting Mark on a trip I was going on. I rarely read books but found it difficult to put this book down. Mark's life story and how it led to his heroism in Afghanistan is truly inspiring. I would recommend this book to any reader who is interested in Australia's military history but also enjoys a great read about a true Aussie larrikin.

           
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            This book is one of those books where you can truely draw experience and knowledge from the characters experiences.

            Good book would recommend it to anyone.

             
            5.0

            I'm throughly enjoying this book

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              Mark's story is a real eye opener! I'm finding it very interesting and inspiring!

               
              4.0

              interesting read

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                very readable. Interesting to read about the war in Afghanistan from the point of view of the soldier. Did have a far bit about his earlier life that while interesting could have been shortened to allow more about his soldiering

                 
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                  brilliant example of what people can do with their lives - regardless of beginnings.

                   
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                  Great read

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                    This is an excellent book, I recommend it to all ages

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                    I purchased this book as a Christmas Gift for my Son-In-Law and he was thrilled to receive it. I haven't read it.

                     
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                      This was a book that I could not put down, it was so informative about the war in Afganistan, and what out men are going through, putting their lives at risk every day. Loved the bits about the dogs who were trained to look out for the men and saved their lives on many a occasion.

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                      ISBN: 9781742612287
                      ISBN-10: 1742612288
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Hardcover
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 432
                      Published: 1st November 2013
                      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 15.8  x 3.9
                      Weight (kg): 0.83