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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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Potential for more

Sadly this started out as a how to achieve greatness but devolved into a recap of the author’s resisting authority escapades.

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Long commercial for his company and repetitive

I usually love these types of books but the last quarter of the actual book is nothing but a tedious boring long commercial for his corporate training company. You're begging for this book to end!!
When you finally think it's over there is a long interview that is nothing more than repetition from the actual book itself.
When that mercifully ends and you think it's over again there is another story which is kind of new but not really. It felt like the interview and the extra story at the end was to make it long enough to be a real book and not a pamphlet.
The first three quarters of the actual book are completely awesome but the rest of it ruins the entire book. The first three quarters of the actual book is why I gave it two stars instead of one.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND EVEN FOR FREE BECAUSE IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR TIME, MUCH BETTER BOOKS OUT THERE!!!

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genuinely amazing

sometimes people write reviews and give full stars ratings for a book that they read or listened to and because they love the person give such a high rating in a bias or exaggerated review. I follow mostly former U.S. special operations people but never the SAS. I new it was gonna be a worthwhile book but never expected it to be so interesting and captivating book. Its funny and entertaining and you do learn some things and is just so perfect that I was enjoying it from start to finish unlike some books that have boring chapter but not this it was really amazingly structured and just a interesting life that this guy has lived through from his child years to adult and older life.

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Should be called: Bummer Point

Man, I feel for this guy and I have messed up a lot in my life, but listening to him flog himself and complain for hour upon hour was depressing.
Granted, when I saw the front cover, I was expecting more action; it shouts: "Fear! Courage! Action!" or something. Maybe they should have included "Introspection! Candidate for counseling! Self immolating naval gazing!"
Overall I'm not sorry I listened (although I have 2 more hours to go 😢), this guy does a great job at reading his stuff.

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self obliviating tripe.

barf. shame on audible. "free"? don't get robbed. this self obliviating tripe is worth no one's time.

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lift yourself up

true success stories from the darkest realms of human experience. ollies life story is inspirational beyond reproach.

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Believable.

Unlike many SO memoirs, this one is more believable than most. He doesn’t portray himself as having a dirt poor upbringing or an abusive family. He makes no qualms or apologies for his upbringing, and is no charlatan. A reader can appreciate this honesty.

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A fathers effect

I’ve listen to this and can’t hurt me. Interesting to see how two men achieve extremely high physical bouts of discipline.
Their struggle with absent or neglecting father impacted their life. It’s Need to see how purpose was found in helping others. Service instead of self.
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A great look into the life of the author.

The book gives great insight into the life and struggles of the author and how service to his country shaped and steered his life, then and after his time in the service.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nessiebee
  • 09-02-22

How refreshing to have the truth told

I know many feel that Ollie's comment on women in the Military is sexist, but until you've lived this life you will ever understand. I agree with his conclusion and that's the reality of living in a mans world, its doesn't make us less tougher it just is the reality that if a woman was stripped searched by men all hell would break loose! Thank you for your honesty and reality - the military life out in the field is so different to everyday life, the trials, achievements, losses and endurance's - well done on being brave and honest. PTSD is a term so loosely used now in conversations that to those that truly have endured this condition Hats off to you, its crippling and soul destroying

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  • GW A-UK
  • 09-02-22

a good insight into military service

i enjoyed the book and more so it being read by the author. i did find his reading style a bit flat and emotionless yet glad he read his own storey and felt a better con ection to the storey. its worth the read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-22

Break point

Incredible life journey of achievement, failures and the ability to recognise and overcome adversity with resounding strength and compassion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-22

What a story

Amazing work was a great listen thankyou for sharing your amazing story mate well done