Story Plant hardcover
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Publication date: June 12, 2018
“From Nothing is the perfect bookend to Ken Goldstein’s now-classic novel This is Rage—a more personal, yet universal story about one man’s struggle to embrace an elusive faith and receive the redemption he may or may not deserve. A book rich with insight and human introspection, From Nothing is also a page-turning thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.”
—Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat
Victor Selo had blown up his life. A wannabe rock star turned tech savant, he'd wagered his Silicon Valley executive position on a corporate inside straight and lost. Having security escort him out of the building was the best thing that happened to him that day. The rest left him in the hospital, broken, broke, and with no prospects.
That's when a shadowy stranger with questionable motives came with an offer: a chance to get his life back - and better - if he simply cooperates. It would require becoming invisible for a while, but he would be hiding in the spotlight, playing guitar in a Vegas cover band. Reluctantly, Victor accepts and begins an odyssey he never could have imagined. One that involves a charismatic lead singer who owns the stage but aspires to own an Elvis wedding chapel, a mesmerizing woman who can play anything on her keyboards and can really play with Victor's head, and two specters from his old life offering competing devil's bargains. Suddenly, multiple futures are opening up in front of Victor. All of them offer opportunity - and each comes with potentially catastrophic risk.
Populated with a wide array of colorful characters, brimming with reflections on everything from love to God to the price of commitment, and backed by a great soundtrack, From Nothing is an endlessly engaging work of fiction that will resonate like your favorite song.
“Ken Goldstein has done a masterful job with his latest, From Nothing. In this wild ride through the dark side of vulture finance, rock music and Sin City, you’ll meet characters that think and speak like real people who find themselves facing tough choices. The plot moves fast and the stakes keep rising. Once you open this book, you won’t put it down until you reach the thrilling finish.”
—Robert Tercek, bestselling author of Vaporized
From Nothing: A novel of technology, bar music and redemption
“I grew up with the music, but the author introduced me to the inner workings of modern tech. A fascinating look at the world of start-ups, innovation, corporate greed, and personal responsibility wrapped up in a gripping, high-stakes thriller.”
—Wilson Milam, Tony-nominated stage director
“In his third book, From Nothing, I was hooked from the very first page by Ken Goldstein’s masterful storytelling. Only he could weave a story of competing vulture capitalists with eyes on a distressed software company with that of a Las Vegas cover band chasing dreams of superstardom—and teach us important lessons about leadership along the way.”
—Scott Freiman, Founder, Deconstructing the Beatles
“From the boardroom to the bandstand, Goldstein’s From Nothing doesn’t miss a beat, taking readers on a wildly unpredictable but wholly believable tale of 21st century rock n’ roll soul redemption. Crackling dialog, tantalizing peeks into the cutthroat world of Silicon Valley, and vibrant scenes of unvanquished rock n’ roll dreamers make From Nothing a must-read.”
—Robert Burke Warren, author of Perfectly Broken
“From Nothing is a well-crafted, multilayered work of fiction that is all too real. Greedy CEOs. Conniving investment bankers. Spineless board of directors. Powerless employees. But it’s deeper than that. It’s a brilliant story of life’s choices—career or true love, loyalty or betrayal, honesty or dishonesty, morals or money, stagnation or innovation. It’s about beliefs in fate or free will, in God or Godlessness. It puts raw talent on a pedestal yet makes it clear that talent can only go as far as luck decides. This isn’t just a novel. Goldstein, the artist, has woven a tapestry of life. Read it deep.”
—Gene Del Vecchio, author of Creating Blockbusters
“From Nothing perfectly blends rock n’ roll and Silicon Valley with an unforgettable cast of characters. Storytelling at its very best!”
—Fauzia Burke, author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors
“From Nothing is the most imaginative, fully realized book I’ve read in a long time. The pacing was superb—rollicking plot, richly detailed landscape, and characters with insights that stayed with me long after I put the book down. I walked into the plot and stayed right there with the characters the entire journey. The combination of high-stakes corporate greed in a software start-up, the pursuit of a rock and roll dream, and a hint of spirituality and philosophy thrown in is a brilliant combination that gives From Nothingits own unique voice and resonance. From Nothing is everything. I wanted to read it all over again the minute it ended.”
—Lisa Hickey, CEO and Publisher, The Good Men Project
“From Nothing is a brilliant tale of high-stakes corporate greed and redemption reflected through the pursuit of a rock and roll dream. While weaving a spellbinding work of fiction, Ken Goldstein offers deeper threads of insight into the inner workings of modern tech and start-ups as well as the human condition, exploring everything from love and God to how the choices we make create the fabric of our lives. Like a favorite song, From Nothing is emotionally evocative, touching deep within with a back beat that is as real as it gets.”
—Barb Adams, Barb Adams Live, Genesis Communications Network
“From Nothing to a HIT! I was drawn in through Victor, a complicated character who connected with my heart and psyche. I was delighted by the action, suspense, conflicts, and twists in the story. From Nothing becomes the soundtrack of your life and you’ll put it on your top ten list.”
—Karen Nishimura, co-author of You’ve Heard These Hands
Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He is currently chairman of ThriftBooks Global, the worldwide largest online seller of used books, and The Good Men Project, an expansive digital content network offering perspectives on social issues in the twenty-first century, where he is a frequent contributor. He publishes the business blog CorporateIntel.us and speaks frequently on the topics of creativity, innovation, and high-performance teamwork.
Ken served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of SHOP.COM, a market leader in developing creative new experiences for online consumer commerce through the convenience of OneCart®, its patented universal shopping cart. SHOP.COM was acquired by Market America, where Ken became a strategic advisor to the company’s founders and senior management.
He previously served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, the business unit of the Walt Disney Internet Group that produced the leading entertainment web destination for kids and families. Key achievements at Disney developed by his teams included launch of the first massively multiplayer online game for kids, Toontown, as well as FamilyFun.com, Movies.com, and the early broadband service Disney Connection.
Prior to Disney, Ken was vice president of entertainment at Broderbund Software and founding general manager of the company’s Red Orb Entertainment division. Before the formation of Red Orb, he was responsible for all aspects of development on Broderbund’s acclaimed Carmen Sandiegoseries. He also worked as a designer/producer at Philips Interactive Media and Cinemaware Corporation, and for several years as a screenwriter and television executive.
Ken and his wife Shelley, who teaches English as a Second Language, make their home in Southern California, where he is active in local government and children’s welfare issues. He has served on the boards of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, and Full Circle Programs. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
His first book, This Is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness, was published by The Story Plant in 2013. It was a Barnes & Noble bestseller and has been adapted by the author for podcast and stage production. His second book, Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits, was published by The Story Plant in 2015. From Nothing: A Novel of Technology, Bar Music, and Redemption is his third book.