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Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Going to New York

(How The Great American Opioid Epidemic of The 21st Century Began #1)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  61 reviews
The incredible true story of a teenage hacker from Germany who goes to New York, looking for love. What could possibly go wrong?

Bad Choices Make Good Stories is a darkly funny coming-of-age novel based on true events. Oliver, a teenage hacker living in Germany, meets Donna online. She's an American girl living in New York. After chatting and talking on the phone for months
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Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published August 24th 2017 by Becker and Malloy LLC (first published June 20th 2017)
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Lisa Bentley
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy.

It is hard to review this book when I kind of really disliked the protagonist. It is even harder to be impartial when the main character is a real life person. Sorry Oliver Markus Black.

Throughout the stories Markus Black seems to celebrate some the most seediest parts of his life and when things don’t necessarily go his way he paints himself as the victim.

His stories became tedious to read because they were so egocentric and I rapidly became bored with his vapid tales.

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wendy
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

I was captivated by the authors blunt honesty of the drugs and sex trade that is running rampant in our country. He spoke with truth and he did not hold back. I loved the fact that he did not worry about being politically correct. Everyone is far too sensitive on too many things and we need to focus on the true reality of what is going on.. Bravo!!! I will read everything you write...
Chandra Fry
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Raw and Eye Opening!

You can learn a lot from a person's life. This book was eye opening, honest, and very informative. I highly recommend reading it!
Amanda
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The memoir Bad Choices Make Good Stories: Going to New York by Oliver Markus Malloy is the first part of an autobiographical account about the author, Oliver, who met a woman in New York as a well known computer hacker from Germany. He decides to come to New York where he finally meets the woman he has been in contact with for years and eventually becomes an American citizen. His story deals with hacking, personal relationships involving drugs and prostitution and many other strange characters. ...more
Christina Foster
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a dark and humorous novel based on true events. The reader is taken on a journey through the life of Oliver, beginning with him as a teenage hacker living in Germany. (Who knew that hacking life could be so interesting, and even include FBI raids?) He meets fellow hacker, Donna, of whom he gets close to over time, and eventually falls in love. This lands him in New York, after which he dabbles in such employment ventures as a cartoonist, cab driver, production manager, and internet milli ...more
Sandra Burns
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!

I read this, you are an enabler. Are you afraid to have a relationship, with an emotionally stable woman? One who is not a drunk or druggie? You have $, you sound like a nice man. DO not let others use you, anymore. YOU are good enough, to be loved for you, not your $. I hope you find a woman, who is good to you also.
Tom M
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. I read it in one sitting, without even taking a break. That's pretty rare.
Lady 1215
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

Oliver Markus Malloy is the author of Bad Choices Make Good Stories: Going to New York. The novel is a true life story of a teenage hacker from Germany who travels to New York with the aim of looking for love. It is an entertaining memoir of the author which is written in a straightforward style that is easy to read and relate to the understanding of humanity. The story connects on the more technical details of the cyber world. The novel is very educative and relates to the darkness that accompa
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Morgan
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Goth Gone Grey
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: life-stories, 2017
Like listening to the angry guy next to you at the bar

This book veers to all sorts of bad choices: hacking, an abusive childhood (not really a choice), postal fraud, a poor marriage choice, bad dates, the Holocaust (no, really), prostitution, drugs, religion, more drugs, more bad dates...

Unfortunately, the title of the book is false. While I'm sure it's meant to be entertaining, it reads as a litany of rambling complaints about situations the author found himself in, with sporadic famous quotes
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Isabel
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I expected a decent read, but the book is badly written. I particularly did not like the author's superior attitude. The story is also not plausible, it's more like fiction. I gave up reading after first twenty pages. All in all, very disappointing.
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Kasturi Rangan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing style of description and fast paced.
Lyssa Stuckey
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honest

Aside from some grammatical things, it reads honestly, for better and worse. I found it pulling at my heartstrings, but at times I felt the author just wanted it to purge on paper so he could close that memory chapter.
Gregory J
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
For the people who thought you could save the damsel in distress, and then have it blow up in your face, read this book. Oliver is not completely innocent here, and is a tad bit arrogant about Germany. But who is not that way about your home town. I have been in his shoes to a far lesser extent. I have watched someone go dope sick and had no clue. I have been used for what I thought was love, but was really a means to another fix. This book is brutally honest about an epidemic that is hurting mo ...more
Bonnie
Jan 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I downloaded this book for free from Amazon because I was looking for new things to read, but it's the equivalent of being promised a Rolling Stones concert, getting there, and having a guy come onstage and just scream for 10 minutes.

I read it quickly because I wanted so badly for there to be a resolution, but it was just a series of set-ups and masturbatory explanations mixed with white-knighting and self-aggrandizing. If he'd stuck with one theme, it might have been more bearable, but he jumpe
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Jan Riley
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I loved this book. It's gritty, raw, honest and hard to read in places. It doesn't hold back from the truth, no matter how traumatic or embarrassing. So many books of this nature only show the positive highlights, and gloss over the parts most of us keep hidden in public. Oliver, never shies away from giving the reader the full truth. I can understand the mixed reviews, this is a love it or hate it kind of book, it makes you think for yourself and challenges your own perceptions. For ...more
Michael McMurray
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honesty even in stupidity

The story moves along well. Though to some the events may seem fanciful, they are more than plausible when considering what a person will do for love. Much more plausible is the behavior of the addict. More self reflection would have been better.
Britnie McCollum
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Book

Really enjoyed this story about this man real life experiences with people he cared about addicted to drugs. Im sure everyone has had an experience with someone they know hooked on drugs.
Kelly Stemple
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story told as though talking to a friend. Language and sex in this book if easily offended it is not for you.
Ankur
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Raw, breathtaking, easy to read. It garnered, in me, an interest in the hacking world, and each chapter kept me hooked.
Cheryl Hermann
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Language is rough but very funny.
Paul
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't care for it.
J.P. Willson
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Truthfully, I do not think a review would be wise coming from me. What I will say is this book 'troubled' me in so many ways that my review would be quite unpleasant. I'm gonna leave it at that.
Angel Hatfield
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the true story of the author's exploits of being a hacker and coming to New York to meet a woman he met online (insert every flag here). It was a pretty good read, especially for those that are truly aware of the bad things that we, as humans, get into and what we're willing to do for loving the wrong person. It was a pretty good book that I read rather quickly. I highly recommend.
Angelina
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to put it down!

This was a great book with so many ups and downs some you would have never seen coming. I will defiantly read the next book. Thank you Prime Unlimited :) This book is real.
bob Kingsbery
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deeply Engrossing Story of Addicts and Straight Guy

Absolutely riveting tale of loving the wrong girls and women repeatedly.

Told as a cautionary story so we won't follow suit.
Jessica Wilhelmsson
Wow!!

I think that the name of the book is fantastic because it's what the book is about, a good guy from Germany making a lots of bad choices. Like be in love whit an addicted. That is not a good choice, belive me! I have unfortunately been around addicted friends to do a honest promise about that. This story is really honest to, and I really feel sad for Oliver. He has written this book with a lot of humor in it even though I'm sure it wasn't fun at all those years. I think it's the best book I
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Rifat Hossain
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eye opening.you can learn a lot from some one's personal life
Katrina
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cleverly written
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