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Sex and Crime: Oliver's Strange Journey Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4169 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Westhoff Publishing; 4 edition (19 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IKO4ZSQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,215 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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 happenings...like 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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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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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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