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The Promise

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From the trenches of WWI to special forces operations in Afghanistan's Chora Valley, The Promise explores the limits of courage and the legacy of sacrifice. Written by Rob Redenbach with 18 original hand-drawn illustrations by Ben Pronk DSC, all profits from The Promise are donated to Cor Infinitus.

ISBN: 978-0-646-87670-2

Publication date: June 2023.


Page count: 96.


Dimensions: 181 x 111 mm. 


Proudly printed in Australia by Ligare Book Printers. 


The Promise provides a humanised juxtaposition of the traumas and trials faced by our service men and women then and now, at home and abroad. Exquisitely written and poignantly illustrated, this novella deserves a place on the bookshelf of every person that has worn the uniform and those that love them.”  

Kevin Humphreys DSC

International Speaker, Veteran and Founder of Cor Infinitus

The Promise is such an important story. Beautifully written, it brings history to life.”  

Melissa Doyle AM

Author of 15 Seconds of Brave

“Redenbach’s novella reaches back through the battles of the mind and the heart, with timeless advice on how to grapple with the mess, pain and uncertainty of life. I love it.” 

Mark Wales

Ex-Special Ops Commander and Australian ‘Survivor’ Winner

About the Author - Rob Redenbach

A master storyteller, Rob’s novella The Promise explores the limits of courage and the legacy of sacrifice.


A former member of the ADF, he’s worked with Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard team in South Africa, protected aid workers in Iraq and, coached small teams of special forces in Britain and global gatherings of CEOs in Singapore.


A graduate of Bond University’s Centre for Dispute Resolution, Rob has a Master of Arts from Charles Sturt University and has completed Executive Education at Harvard. 


Rob's first book, Self Defence in 30 Seconds, sold 10,000 hard copies before Pan Macmillan Australia purchased the international electronic rights. Rob's autobiography, What I Didn't Learn at Harvard, has sold over 40,000 copies and is now distributed by Booktopia. 

About the Illustrator - Ben Pronk DSC

Ben is a specialist in risk, resilience and process improvement.  His first career spanned 24 years in the Australian Army, with the majority of that time spent in the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment.  In this capacity, Ben served on multiple operational deployments and was decorated for leadership in action.  He concluded his service as Commanding Officer of the SAS.  Ben is a highly regarded thought leader and sought-after public speaker, particularly on the reduction of risk and on leadership in high-pressure situations.  He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Board member for VGI Partners and a Patron of the Military Art Program Australia.


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