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Sex and Crime: Oliver's Strange Journey (English Edition)
 
 

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

Oliver Markus

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Sex and Crime: Oliver's Strange Journey is an autobiographical book that follows the incredible life of Oliver, a teenage hacker in Aachen, Germany, who is the victim of traumatic childhood abuse and suffers from PTSD. He 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 and he ends up moving to Fort Myers, Florida. 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.

Sex and Crime offers an unflinching look at the seedy underworld of Fort Myers, that most residents are probably not aware of. It explores the world of online prostitution, 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.

Along his journey, 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.

Despite all its gritty ugliness, there is beauty to be found in Sex and Crime. Oliver never gives up hope that the next drug addict may be different. He never stops believing that deep down every person is good and deserves a second chance in life.

There have been a number of books about drug addiction in recent years, but Sex and Crime offers a fresh, unique perspective. Oliver himself is not addicted to drugs, and yet addiction takes a heavy toll on him, as the addicts in his life hurt him over and over.

His knowledge of addiction is at once intimate and distant. As outsider deep inside the drug world he has a unique vantage point. There's an old saying: "Fish don't know they're wet." Oliver sees patterns and similarities that the addicts themselves can't see.

The book is more than an examination of drug addiction and its harrowing consequences and collateral damage. It is an emotional, deeply personal and often very touching account of one man's struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, addiction in all its many forms, love and loss.

Although it's an autobiography, Sex and Crime often feels like an action adventure novel, because the events described are so far removed from what most people consider normal every-day life.

The book deals with very dark subject matter, but the author's eloquently simplistic prose makes it a breeze to read. His writing never feels pompous or pretentious. He takes the reader by the hand and gently leads you deeper and deeper into the darkness.

Oliver's ability to recognize his own mistakes in hindsight, and his humble, self-deprecating sense of humor make Sex and Crime a very entertaining read, even when his brutal honesty makes you cringe.


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

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

"It's a snapshot of the mental health crisis in America. After reading this book, I realized that we are all a little crazy. Some more than others."

"If you liked THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK or ZOO STATION, you're going to get hooked on this book."

"FORREST GUMP meets 50 SHADES OF GREY."

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 875 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 484 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 061597550X
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Westhoff Publishing; Auflage: 3 (19. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00IKO4ZSQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing like you've ever read 24. Mai 2014
Von Dawn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I have to say, I really liked this book and I wasn't so sure I would when I began reading it. I haven't ever read anything quite like this either. Oliver takes us through his many relationships with these troubled women and he basically encounters many forms of addictions within them. Through out all his ordeals with them (that's lack of a better word) he finds himself analyzing their behaviors, which allows him to hang in there with them long, long after he should have run away from them. He makes it clear in the book he was and is no angel himself, which is nice, because he doesn't portray himself has a complete victim, which he could have done. I think the one addiction he may not have fully explored was his own addiction with love and his need to 'save' these girls from themselves, which explains his draw to them. The average reader may read this and think he is either way too nice of a guy, or a guy who has no back bone and is just a doormat, or someone who is just incredibly naive. But I would say, everything he does in relationships as an adult is also a result of his own childhood, just like the girls he encountered . These girls were addicted to sex and drugs, while Oliver is addicted to love and wanting to take care of someone and 'saving' them from a life of addiction, death, and abuse. His father was an alcoholic who abused his mother and he couldn't help or fix either one of them because he was just a kid. It took his father dying to save him and his mother. I am sure, deep down there, he wished he could have saved them both and have them both in his life in a normal, healthy way, as that is what children who grow up in these situations all want. So I believe he was renacting this in his adult life with these girls but he couldn't save them either. So in reading this book, don't judge him or even them harshly. I was waiting for him to make this connection in his book, but like so many people in his situation, he was too busy trying to figure out the ones he wanted to save instead of figuring out why he would put himself through this. But overall, I liked the perspective he had in this book because I have never read or heard anything from a man in this position before this. For him to put this out there for the world to read is pretty brave and I think this book has the ability to help anyone who is in a situation like his. I also really liked many of the quotes and statistics he used in his book, you really gain an awareness of prostitution and drug addiction from reading this. Overall, this was a good read (no pun intended there :)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful story; very eye-opening 22. Mai 2014
Von Melissa Amaral - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Please note: I was given a copy of this book by the author, Oliver Markus, for an honest review of the book.
I was truly blown away by this book. The author's stories are so real and striking; they leave you with an impression you cannot forget. The writing style of Markus is a bit different than most authors: this book is written as if the author is dictating the stories to you. Some people may not like this casual style of writing, but it seems to make every bizarre and surreal experience you read about seem all the more true.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Once you begin reading you won't want to put it down. Awesome I didn't want it to end! 20. März 2014
Von Sherry Benjamin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Awesome book of Sex and Crime. Once i started reading I didnt want to put it down. It`s sad that i am familiar with a few of these girl's and that they continue down that road of destruction. Don't know Oliver personally but his book is awesome and I think he should write a sequel I'm sure more has happened since this book has been published... Great job Oliver I love it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing and compelling read! 26. Juni 2014
Von sherry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow...this book was pretty amazing. This will definitely be a very tough review to write because there are many facets to this book.

First and foremost, I want to applaud the author Oliver for writing this book. The courage of putting his autobiographical account of majority of his life and stripping himself naked for the world to read is a brave act. I loved how candid he was. From the very beginning where he backs up all of his opinions of cursing and prostitution to his opinions on addicts and even religion, it felt like he was nothing but honest. I can appreciate that. There are many terms in this book along with some opinions that I think some people may be offended when they read it. I am quite the opposite, so long as you get your point across and you have something to back it up with that makes sense to me, I'm all for it. I loved reading about his opinions on everything, basically, I liked how his mind worked. I agreed with him on a lot of his point of views, but never approached it or broke it down the same way he did and I appreciate seeing it in his point of view. Oliver also teaches the reader many things in this book. I don't know the first thing about addiction. I guess I've been pretty sheltered and never had to deal with people who are drug addicts or prostitutes. But he goes and breaks it down for the reader as to why the addicts behaved the way they do and how they came to be. Not only that, I actually enjoyed many parts of the beginning where he was describing the hacking scene back in the 90's. He bring much humor into the book with his thoughts and I like his little snide remarks as well as sarcasm. Aside from humor, there was also empathy and compassion that was evoked throughout this book. We learn just how stressful it is for Oliver to live the life he did, not only just in the beginning with his childhood but pretty much throughout his entire life thus far.

Oliver never had it easy in life and to read about how impoverished he was when he first moved to the US, it was quite sad. Here is a man that's clearly intelligent and capable but is being reduced to driving a cab and scrounging for quarters to get money for food. Then it was his life after Donna and the numerous women that broke his heart, time and time again. Each time, I wanted to yell at him for being gullible, too compassionate, and too sympathetic. However after awhile I got mad because I felt like he brought all of this on to himself and it's his own fault. He clearly knows that this was a revolving door of the same drama over and over again. I was really starting to get confused with so many woman in his life that did the same thing as another woman in the past that I wanted to knock him on the head to wake up him up. Here is a man that's clearly yearning for love but doesn't know the right way to go about looking for it and is too nice of a man to cut the bad out of his life. In turn, he keeps letting his past suck him into unwanted drama causing him more stress and sadness. I really feel bad for him because he was smart enough not to immerse himself fully (like not doing drugs himself) but not bright enough to realize this was all just like a song on repeat. I like Oliver. He's forgiving, compassionate, sympathetic, honest, loyal...the list can go on. But yet, he wasn't blessed with a good childhood. He had a reprieve of the pain before coming to the US but that was rather short lived. Then his life with Donna was just saddening. He's clearly a good person but wasn't happy doing what he did and his life at home with his wife was stressful to say the least. Throughout the entire book, I wanted to yell at all of the characters in there because they were so annoying. The women were clearly unworthy of Oliver and Oliver is foolish to believe in the same song and dance.

That's not to say that Oliver didn't piss me off. One thing that really bugged the crap out of me was the lack of safe sex. I cringed every time I had to read that he was having sex with these prostitutes unprotected when he clearly knew their history!! How stupid can you be?! Then there's his declaration of love. Honestly, I don't know if I'm convinced that Oliver loved some of these women. These women clearly aren't on the same level with him. Whether it was emotionally, psychologically and even mentally...he's clearly of a different caliber. How could they manage to grasp his attention and heart? Because they were beautiful? Because they were quirky and funny? I think it's the underlying notion that he feels the need to save them. His heart cracks every single time and gives into each and every one of them, giving them chance after chance when he's been proven wrong, time and time again. I really wondered how long it took for him to learn his lesson. But why the inherent need to want to save these women? I don't get it and I just think it's a pity that he wasted away so much of his life with these women. It just seemed like by enabling these women, Oliver was allowing them to keep taking from him until he had nothing left to give. But even when it seemed like he's lost all hope, somehow he comes up with more to give away. It's beautiful in a way that he never loses hope, always chooses to see the best in these women but he never drew a line to a limit. I guess he was just that desperate for love? But that in turn only leaves him with an empty shell.

Overall, this was a very powerful book. It's raw and gritty and really gives the reader a peak into the life of someone who has to live with an addict. The pain, suffering, and stress that goes along with all of it. He makes the book sound light but a part of me hurts for him to have lived this life and experience all that drama because he deserves so much more. There were definitely times the book was quite slow. The beginning and middle was great, but the end was a little slow. Mainly because it was the same song and dance and by that time I was quite annoyed with Oliver and the choices that he was making. However...I don't think that makes this book any less than what it is. It's definitely a very interesting book and I'd highly recommend!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Blistering and Brutally honest... 28. April 2014
Von Stuart Keane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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. The musings of Bateman, where somewhat dull without the violence to splice the narrative, are parallel to Oliver's words here, which are never boring. However, for all of the graphic sex, drug use and occasional violence that Oliver details, he never needs to go that step further, creating a vivid and stark reality which is all too often taken for granted in society. This is never boring and very entertaining.

First of all, people will criticise this work. It's inevitable of any book, but when one is so brutally honest, graphic, mesmerising and downright tragic in places, people will always get their backs up. I'm not one of those people, I love work to be forthright and I don't think I will read a book like this again this year. For people who get offended, you have the right to censor and stop reading. For people who want an honest, outright depiction of modern day drug addled USA, look no further. Just because we ignore it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

5*? Yes, definitely. A memoir, a diary, a story, a tragic tale. Call it what you want, this book is epic in every way. It might not be up everyone's street but this is essential reading. Next time Justin Bieber releases an autobiography...just remember this one is on the shelf and will wipe the floor with it. Great stuff.
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