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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

Ex-Special Forces' soldier and host of SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton narrates his incredible story for the first time. 

Where is your break point?

Is it here? 

Facing the gruelling SAS selection process on one leg, with a busted ankle and the finish line nowhere in sight?

Or here?

Under heavy fire from armed kidnappers while protecting journalists en route to Baghdad.

Or, is it here? 

At the bottom of a bottle, with a family in pieces, unable to adapt to a civilian lifestyle, yearning for a warzone.

We all have break points to face - at the gym, in the office, in our personal lives - those moments of self-doubt where we have to dig deep and find something within to grab hold of and push us through. 

Ex-Special Forces soldier Ollie Ollerton has faced his own break points, and now he tells us the lessons he has learnt along the way. From survivor of a freak childhood attack to elite fighter, Ollie's incredible story features high-speed shoot-outs, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics. 

Special Forces soldiers are not supermen. Bullets don't bounce off them. They don't hit the target with every shot. They have the same vulnerabilities and doubts as the rest of us. But ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary, under the greatest pressure, in the most challenging situations. 

Ollie's life has taught him that everyone has the capacity for incredible achievement, because it's only when it's crunch time, when you're down to your last bullet - when you're at break point - that you find out who you really are.

Includes an exclusive Q&A.

Ollie Ollerton co-hosts SAS: Who Dares Wins alongside Ant Middleton, Jason Fox and Mark Billingham.  

©2019 Ollie Ollerton (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Laugh, cry, and shit diamonds.

Ollie's book was fantastic. I've listened to it a few times already this week. It gets the mind racing and you almost feel like youre there with him.

He tells his stories with such humour and and emotion, I feel that a 20 minute conversation with him would be something you'd remember for a long time.

Great work Ollie.

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Love this book.

I stumbled upon this book by chance. Loved everything about it. Everything from the stories to the performance is great.

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Hmm

Not what I expected or what I was looking for. After reading another book by the author, I thought it could be a sequel. serves me right for not paying closer attention to my selections. It's a hard no for me.

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A real fighter

very interesting about how a young boy who everyone thought would manage to do absolutely nothing with his life, becomes successful, by trial and error, by experimenting.

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inspiring!

it's hard to imagine the drive and sacrifice of the men and woman in the armed forces! thanks to people like Ollie we finally see the struggle and triumphs of these people! great book!

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outstanding.

amazing, rise and fall, then all over again. You found what most never will. outstanding! Semper Fi!!!

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Female special forces

Just because we can, does not mean we should. This was a fascinating story, & it was excellently delivered.

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Inspirational

Enjoyed this book and found it inspiring, not becuase of Ollie's string mitary career, (although that is impressive), but how he overcame adversity in his personal life post military career.

Olllie demonstrates that nothing is beyond our reach off we're willing to work for it, have determination, and always look for the positives whatever the situation. There were so many things I could relate to, and hope now with this inspiration become at peace with myself, the world and find happiness.

Thank you Ollie for sharing your journey.

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Couldn’t put this book down

A wonderful book, an amazing guy with an incredible story. We are led to believe that all special operators are mean killing machines but Ollie come across like a warrior and a gentleman. I think young people today need positive role models like this, more positive reinforcement rather than the victim mentality that seems so prevalent in society today.

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good military/self help book

I'd reccomend mainly for people who just feel like they don't fit in anywhere. Military would probably enjoy the book as well. People with alcoholism could probably benefit too. Ollie does a pretty good job of story telling his life as a child, marines, SBS, private security, and finally being on Who Dares Wins while starting his business Break Point. All while teaching you the lessons he's learned along the way.

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  • Sally Fisk
  • 07-08-19

Do not read if you are happily married

I have found this book insulting, he constantly puts down men that are married with a mortgage to pay. To Ollie this a pathetic existence, drinking, drugs and womanising are what a man should be doing to get fulfilment out of life. And don't bother being around to look after your kids either.

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  • Trident
  • 08-09-19

Great, up to a point.

The book is excellent up until the criticism of people working 9-5 in an office. One mention would of been enough but it just became annoying and patronising to keep banging on about it. Talking about normal people in normal jobs lead unfulfilling lives yet he's happy to take their money off of them for his courses and books, seems hypocritical and ironic to me.There is almost a slight air of superiority about the guy. He talks about the wrongful stereotyping of soldiers/special forces guys being bullies, know-it-alls and superior in every way but unfortunately, this is the way he comes across and does little to change your mind. The final part of the book is just promoting his business. Swerve this and try something else.

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  • Paul
  • 09-07-19

Self opinionated

Wow, disappointing, to be told how anyone in a 9-5 job is wasting their life and has no meaning.
Very judgemental book

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  • Douglas
  • 06-28-19

Marketing for his company

Throughout the book I couldn't shake the feeling that the author considers himself a pretentious sbowflake. He is a selfish self-absorbed individual and a hypocrite, having abandoned his family for his own thrills and self interest. He deliberately put other people at risk for his own interests. He spends time saying how he doesnt conform to normal life and isn't a bully in the army while as a kid he was a priviliged fuck up who went around walking around with a shotgun shooting over peoples heads like a psychopath.

He certainly is no role model for anyone and such a loose cannon that the fast majority of listeners will not take away much valuable advice or information to use in their own lives.

There is fundamentally very little description of the action he has seen and seems like he saw more action in the Iraq conflict as a private security mercenary than he ever did as a soldier.

The first half of the book is him trying to explain and justify why he was a fuck up in school, the middle part was the most interesting , somewhat comparable to "Wolf on Wallstreet" with drugs, sex and scandal and very well read, but coming to the last 2 hours of the book it simply becomes him praising his new company and how great it is to help businesses - which then made me realise that the whole book is just one big marketing ploy and at the end I regretted ever starting the book

Little use for people interested in veteran stories or life advice.

I'd give it a pass next time and listen to a different book

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  • Cian
  • 05-24-19

Disjointed sales pitch... unlikeable+antagonising

Jason Fox's book is the one to go for if looking to read something by the Who Dare's Wins crew.

If interested in the SAS, Ben McEntyres history is superb.

If generally like military books; Wellum's First Light about piloting a Spitfire in WWII is superb.

Low Level Hell and Chickenhawk are about helicopter pilots in Vietnam and are both compulsive, incredible accounts.

So many great options; skip Break Point, its garbage... subjectively of course.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

A disappointment

I hoped this would be good, but it was another disappointment.

Little in the way of SBS and way too much slagging off of “ordinary” people. I get it, you’re amazing, we’re dull. But coming from someone who until he got offered a TV contract was a neglectful, selfish drunk, that doesn’t really bother me.

What did bother me were two things, one that he’s peddling The Secret drivel of wishing for something and you will get it and if you don’t it’s your fault not The Secret’s fault. Secondly, the book increasingly became an advert for his Break Point training courses which are for the very people he appears to loathe. Not really sure how my company rewriting its Mission Statement would bring in the bucks when no bugger reads them or cares about them in the dull world of corporate reality.

However he’s obviously lucky, fit and determined and I like the tv series, so I’ll not return the book. I did feel like I didn’t want to actually support his life through my purchase, so guess I went off him as I read on. I’m ex military so can relate to a lot and the drinking culture is a serious problem that it took me years to realise was a problem and that most people didn’t drink like me. I quit a few years ago.

Anyway,first half was interesting, last quarter was insulting at times.

I don’t think he was great as a narrator.

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  • SIMON CLIFF
  • 07-27-19

Raw, Inspirational & positive

This was my 2nd purchase from audible, after reading the book I decided to purchase the AB. After all its narrated by Matt himself. I am not going to give anything away all I will say is "click buy now" I found the book resonated & how I view life as a whole. The book I found very positive and gives you a bit of a kick up the arse. Book is full of boot neck humour and if your ex-forces you'll understand. But the mention of a death wet is enough to make anyone smile.

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  • Paul
  • 06-19-19

Disjointed

Book seems to jump around a lot with not much continuity. Came across as another juvenile delinquent who went off the rails and got rescued by the army. Spends a lot of time slating normal people with normal lives, who work hard at their jobs, marriages and families. Perhaps he can’t see these people are the success stories, not those who run away from it.

This one wasn’t for me, the Jason Fox and Ant Middleton books were a much better read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

Incredible listen, highly recommend

Best book I've listened to on Audible, Ollie has had a mad life and tells it very well.

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  • Nic Cronin
  • 05-02-19

By Strength and Guile

Well worth a read

Inspiring and motivating

Really pleased life has worked out for Ollie.

May the roads rise to meet you.

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  • needlespice
  • 11-06-20

Disappointing and hard to get through

A very disappointing book. Having listened to Phil Campions book, I was eager for another rollicking good story told in a blokey way. Unfortunately, this isn’t it. As another reviewer said- he seems to love himself a bit much. I couldn’t wait for it to finish as I found listening to him incredibly annoying. Ollie has a strangely annoying voice and more importantly reads in a frustrating way, he emphasises random words in a sentence, pauses in random places etc it makes for a very frustrating listen ! (if you’re reading this Ollie - get an actor to read and record all your books from now on. You come across better in the interview section but reading is not your strong point).
Also, most of the self help advice has been done before and better elsewhere. Sorry.
If you want gripping, addictive, hilarious SAS stories listen to Phil Campion.
If you want real world tough guy self help stuff read Geoff Thompson.
Hope this was helpful 👍

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  • Thomas Sydney
  • 07-22-20

Sexist Ollie

Book was ok until he started spewing his sexist views on women in the military. His biggest problem is that men would have to change their behaviour. Yes Ollie, that's equality. His sexism and misogyny is disguised as chivalry. And he thinks his chilvarous behaviour would be dangerous in the field. That's your behaviour causing the dangerous problem Ollie. Not women's behaviour.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-21

Really enjoyed it

Just what I was after! Please ignore the male feminist Thomas Sydney's ignorant woke review.

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  • David Newman
  • 11-08-21

A Wonderful Journey

Whilst Ollie hasn’t always had the best run of luck in life, he has managed very well to make the most what lays directly in front of him.

I was a fraction sceptical when I started Break Point but soon became increasingly drawn into the myriad of his journey through youth, service and personal highs and lows from civilian and adult life. Ollie’s run of hard luck with Australian woman made me chuckle because you kind of knew a great deal of these experiences were never going to end well because they were, well, Australian woman! He did however learn his lesson on that front. And it’s also why my partner is British.

By the end of Break Point, I felt motivated and driven by his words of advice. A lot of which I have already followed in life but it is good to get a fresh view on things which he delivers so very well.

Break Point turned into a motivating story of a man who was once told he would amount to nothing. All these years later, we have a man who is humble, kind, gentle, strong, compassionate but, at times, a little cautious when it comes to letting these qualities out of the bag. It’s a shame because we could all do with seeing more of these qualities from not just Ollie but men in general.

You will read a lot worse this year but you won’t read much better than Break Point. So thank you Ollie, thank you for sharing your story and I hope there is a lot more to come!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-21

Brilliant Book! 👏

Thank you Ollie for allowing yourself to be vulnerable
and sharing your experiences.

There were so many parts of this book that had me on the edge of my seat and I truly thank you for this virtual experience you've provided!

I could relate to certain parts which really made me re-evaluate what changes I need to make in my life.

You've inspired me to reach new limits and push through inconveniences through life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-21

Great listen

Great story really enjoyed the story by Ollie of never giving up no matter what the situation is

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

low down on the list for me

struggled to get ⅓ in to this story after three attempts at it I gave up on it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

Underwhelmed

There are so many inspiring military stories, this just isn't one. Honestly just a self destructive soldier complaining about getting everything he wants and blaming everyone else for not loving him for it. Then turns around and tells readers they should be more positive like him.

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  • Jake Pfitzner
  • 04-21-22

Well Told

Right from the Prologue, this book had its claws in me.
Very intriguing book.

I think Ollie narrating his own Autobiography was great. Some of his experiences had me very interested and eager to listen more. Even to the point I had it playing on the car stereo between jobs.

I'd have given it 5 stars but at some points in the book he contradicts a few of the things he says. But they are very minor.

Then ending, in regards to his position on Women in the Military, I can see his point of view. But I think he elaborates on this to much. It almost becomes misogynistic. But the rest of the book is great.

I could relate to some of his experiences in life, and it gave me a fresh outlook on certain things. I wouldn't say it has motivated me, but most certainly enlightened me.

Definitely worth a read/listen. I would recommend it to fellow readers.

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  • Simon Cook
  • 03-31-22

Disappointing

Ollie is one of the leading contributors to the SAS tv franchise but his narration of his story is disjointed and a bit rambling.

It would have been better for a professional actor to narrate.