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Sex and Crime: Oliver's Strange Journey [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Markus
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Oliver, a teenage hacker in Aachen, Germany, who is the victim of traumatic childhood abuse and suffers from PTSD, falls in love with an American girl online, and spends many hours on the phone with her every day for a year, until he moves in with her in New York. After his crazy adventures as a New York cab driver, he becomes a successful cartoonist and goes on to be an Internet millionaire. A painful divorce throws him into a deep, almost suicidal depression until he falls in love with a heroin addict. As his life spirals more and more out of control, Oliver gets sucked deeper and deeper into the dark world of drug addiction and prostitution.

Along his strange journey into the seedy underworld of Fort Myers, Florida, Oliver encounters a number of female drug addicts and he empathizes with them because of his own traumatic past. He feels compelled to try to help them escape the addict lifestyle, but the end result is always the same: They break his heart. SEX AND CRIME explores the world of online prostitution, female prisons, the underlying causes and consequences of drug addiction, as well as the shortcomings of the AA 12-step-program and the failure of traditional rehab programs that are utterly divorced from modern medical science. There have been a number of books about drug addiction in recent years, but SEX AND CRIME offers a fresh, unique perspective.

Things continue to get worse and worse. Oliver slowly realizes that he's a codependent enabler and the drug addicted girls he's been trying to help are just using him. Instead of helping them escape their addict lifestyle, they have sucked him into their dark world and he's trapped in a self-destructive downward spiral. Overwhelmed by pain and depression, he decides that enough is enough. Things need to change if he ever wants to find happiness.

"One of the best things I've read in years."

"Unique. Unlike any other book I've ever read."

"A fascinating glimpse into the dark world of prostitution and drug addiction."

"The best depiction of female sociopaths since GONE GIRL."

"One of the rare books that is not only highly entertaining, but also profound and deeply moving."

"A totally engrossing book. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down until you're finished."

"If you liked THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER or THE FAULT IN OUR STARS you're going to get hooked on this book."

"Fans of BREAKING BAD and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK are going to love this book."


(Sex and Crime is a special edition that contains the first three books in the "Oliver's Strange Journey" series.)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1691 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061597550X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Westhoff Publishing; 4 edition (19 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Self-destruction 17 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sex and Crime: Oliver's Strange Journey, certainly lives up to the title.

I enjoyed the style of writing, it was conversational and thereby made it easier to connect with some of the raw and dark themes that are the foundation of Oliver's journey. The story is one of addiction, sex and crime, with the drug addiction of Oliver's girlfriends a dominant theme.

The story started off fresh and lively, with the reader learning about Oliver's love of games and his internet site. He was making good money even if by illegal means as a hacker. The darker threads entered with his girlfriend Donna. As you read you become aware that Oliver has a penchant for damaged women. I was curious as to why he was drawn to them to such an extent, and that was never really addressed. His life was over-shadowed by the women he loved. This is a tale of self-destruction on a slow-burn scale.

There were parts that were difficult to read. I can understand why they were written so, this is after all an autobiographical story, and honesty is a requisite part of a true-story. Still, I often found myself flinching at certain scenes. I wondered at Oliver's behaviour because common-sense seemed out of the window. *I won't enter spoilers*

It is a story that is shocking and offers an eye opening look at the baser needs of humanity when addiction takes over. It is also a cautionary tale. For me Oliver was a moth being drawn to the flame of women on self-destruct, and by association he had to have been on self-destruct too, though as I said before, his motivations were never explored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An autobiography worth reading! 8 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this book, although I've never read anything so powerful. Oliver talksus through his relationships He finds out these women have troubled lives but finds it hard to leave right away. Oliver was never perfect himself, he openly admits this in the book. He has sympathy for these girls who were drug and sex addicts and wanted to save them from the abuse etc as he understood abuse because he'd watched his mother being abused by his Father who later died and Oliver felt relief at this , although I'm sure he wished he'd had a happier life with both his parents still alive.
But for his mother to escape the abuse his dad had set them free by's so sad.

Because of all this he'd really wanted to help and save these girls. Even though it must have been torture for him, he was a decent guy and wanted to do what he could.
I can't even imagine what drugs, abuse and prostitution is like but this book made me realise what a fabulous childhood I had and a good life now, and made me think that there are people out there going through a life of hell.
I'm so glad I read this book and I'm awarding it 5 stars. I just didn't want to put the book down and as I've said before on other reviews, if a book grips me, that's good news because I can get easily bored; you asked for an honest review and I've done just that.
Thank you Oliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering and Brutal... 28 April 2014
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I don't read autobiographies that often and there's a reason for it. For every excellent life story put to print there's always three more that are just dull and ordinary and have no right being told to the world. I'm very picky with my choices. However, when that one does come along, you know it's a keeper.

Fortunately, Sex and Crime is that one. And boy, what a read!

Initially I was sceptical about this being an autobiography. Only when I got further into the book did I realise this was written from first hand experience, not an author's imagination. Even the brightest and most talented of authors would have trouble detailing the events of this stark memoir. This is the scribbling of events that actually transpired and is clearly evident from the prose and the detail of the a vivid diary is you will. Oliver not only lived through these details, he lived to tell the tale too.

The topic is sex and crime. And drugs, yes, heavy drug use is detailed in this book. Oliver tackles the topic of drugs and prostitution, a vicious circle that handcuffs the two together in infinite agony, and he does it with panache. Not once did it feel like he was glamourizing or embellishing what is a touchy topic to even the strongest of minds. The musings bordered on repetition (not a bad thing when used correctly, as it was here) but I thought this was apt considering the subject matter. Written much like a diary (formatting included) this was very easy to read despite the topics within.

I couldn't help but compare this to another brutally honest depiction of sex and crime, American Psycho. Where fictional, had that book held the Psycho and gone with the remaining content, it might have read a little like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver's Twist! One Unique Read! 30 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is one of those original pieces that cannot be repeated by any other author in the future. It is one unique read and it will stay like that. This is Oliver's real life story with his own reflections where the names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. But are they really the not-so-innocent? The more I proceeded through this book, the more convinced I was, that human beings are innocent innately. They just fall prey to the situations or the chain of incidents. Now, who is Oliver? He is a guy who was born and brought up in Germany. He had a terrible father, a raging alcoholic, who tried to kill his mother along with him. After failing, the father hung himself from a tree. Oliver grew up with his mother and step-father after that. And he grew up to be one of the finest hackers in the world. It was the 90s. Computer or internet was not at all this much available like today. Oliver goes on explaining how they used other peoples' credit cards to make free international calls (for uploading cracked games to online bulletin board systems) or when stealing credit cards became impossible how they used a newly discovered method called "blue boxing"! He provides insights on how hacker organizations used to work during those days - different departments for taking care of the operations, avoiding postal charges by using the same stamps over and over or by simply flooding the post office with hundreds of envelopes with missing postage! After two raids, Oliver started living a dual life. He was "Goliath" initially, but now he changed his name to "Lucifer" announcing that Goliath has retired and opened a software company. But that's not all! Read more ›
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