This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness

Ken Goldstein

Story Plant paperback

ISBN: 978-1-61188-071-7

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-072-4

Publication date: December 3, 2013

530 pages

This is the story of Investors, Bankers, and Operators in Silicon Valley and the variation on real they’re creating for our consumption.


This is the story of a disgraced shock jock turned Internet radio phenomenon and how he becomes the catalyst he never imagined being.

This is the story of two entrepreneurs-turned kidnappers-turned anti-heroes.


This is business in the Twenty-first Century.


This is the unpredictability of the human element.


This is rage.

This is Rage is that rare book – a fascinating, fast-paced, really smart thriller. Part action/adventure story set in the wilds of Silicon Valley, and part insider's exposition of some of the major inner workings of our contemporary economy and of the secrets of today's High Tech 'Masters of the Universe' – Ken Goldstein succeeds in making this a debut that will make your heart race – even as it gives you plenty to think about." 

– Naomi Wolf, author of Give Me Liberty

"I worked with Ken Goldstein at Disney: and since I knew he could write, I encouraged him to do just that, to write a novel. As impressed as I always was with him as an executive, I'm equally impressed with what he accomplished with a pen (or maybe a computer)."
– Michael Eisner

"Ken Goldstein knows the ins and outs of Silicon Valley – the customs of the land and where the bodies are buried. I would read anything he wrote, non-fiction or fiction, set on that fascinating terrain."
– Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club


"Given Ken Goldstein's pedigree as a major internet CEO whose vision has significantly shaped today's digital world, it's no surprise that his first novel takes us on a thrilling front-of-the-coaster rocket ride through the Valley of Silicon. While This is Rage is surely required reading for all high-tech and deal-savvy action/thriller fans, it is an absolute crystal ball for radio broadcasters who are still scratching their heads as to the future of their industry."
– Mitch Dolan, Former President, ABC Radio Station Group


"Ken Goldstein has written a modern-day blockbuster! Smart, insightful, and engaging, the story takes us on a thrill ride through the circus-like madness of corporate American, the media, and government. It reveals with stunning clarity the inept and all-too-sinister characters that inhabit these worlds. You cannot help but think that Goldstein has had a front row seat and used his real life experiences to masterfully weave a fictional narrative that enlightens as much as it entertains. A must read."
– Gene Del Vecchio, author of Creating Blockbusters! and Adjunct Professor, USC Marshall School of Business


“Entertaining, eye-opening and highly probable…. I can highly recommend This is Rage as a great read!”
– Tome Tender


“Deserves the attention of business, government, workers, employers, CEOs – everyone that keeps the economic wheel of America moving for supposedly the benefit of all! Outstanding business and thriller fiction! Highly recommended!”
– Crystal Book Reviews


“Ken Goldstein's book is smart, insightful and engaging. It enlightens while it entertains. He is one of those authors who really knows what he is talking about. Brilliant writing! Brilliant story. Really a contemporary must-read!”
– Something Wordy

“If you ever wondered what happened during those power plays and takeovers, here's the scoop!” 

– Dew on the Kudzu

“Part thriller and part satire, what really makes this novel a good read are the observations Goldstein has tossed in that are so right on…. This is Rage managed to beautifully balance sincere frustration with a raucous laughter at the madness of it all.” 

– Kalireads

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 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,, 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.