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This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness Paperback – October 8, 2013
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"This is Rage by Ken Goldstein is a fascinating and dark look into the underbelly of life in the dog-eat-dog world of high-tech loyalties, deceits and the seduction of money and power that permeates the world of those with clout. It also embraces the rebel in us all through Kimo, proving that one voice can be heard, whether we like what its saying or not." <5 of 5 stars> - Tome Tender Book Blog
"This is a thriller novel based in the very real world of Silicon Valley, with many of the behind the scenes details and secrets that actually occur being shown between these pages." - Dew on the Kudzu
"This Is Rage is both a fun and erudite read--the author's fine education pokes through in many sentences loaded with intellect and amusement." - ForeWord Reviews
"Satire is one of the most difficult feats to pull off in writing. It can easily tip over into such hostility and mean-spiritedness that it becomes a chore rather than a joy to read. Ken Goldstein deftly walks the line, skewering the industries he knows well while propelling the reader on a roller-coaster ride of intrigue and providing heroes to cheer for." - Booksie's Blog
From the Inside Flap
- "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, Author of Working Together and CEO, The Tornante Company
- "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 and The Beauty Myth
- "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
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Top Customer Reviews
The author does make some moralistic arguments regarding the treatment of employees by the tech industry managers, bankers, investors, and angels, but uses sooooooo many words that I was tempted to skip over much of the rhetoric. Much of the timeline is spent in a private jet on the tarmac in military installations and the reader is kept waiting for something to take place to move he story forward. It moves slow.
One of the main characters is a somewhat failed reactionary talk show host who somehow becomes a hero in the final resolution of the kidnapping. I found it very hard to believe that any media type could even be involved in the way the author relays it. We also have one FBI agent (only one) , a congresswomen (only one), and the Chairman of the Board of the company that the kidnapped victims founded playing major roles. I didn't think that the real world would be as uninvolved as the author moves the plot forward.
THis book could have been much more successful if the author had used half the words he asked us to slog through. The story and characters did hold my interest at times but in the end it just did not seem believable.
"Nuclear winter, followed by impure drinking water, global starvation, and mass untreated surgical needs, plus permanent damage to the earth's ability to heal," said Choy.
"As it pertains to business," rephrased Dadashian.
-This is Rage, by Ken Goldstein
This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness lives up to its subtitle, delivering all the madness of the Valley and then some. This novel is funny, smart, long (a 530 page thriller), and perhaps the polar opposite of that other recent release making a Silicon statement, The Circle. This is Rage's plot sounds unbelievable but somehow works: at a party where investors, bankers, and engineers mingle ("Conversation as a conduit for data extraction...") a pair of well-meaning, success-seeking entrepreneurs kidnap leaders of a powerful company, hoping either for ransom money or some start-up capital (are these two things that different, after all?). A washed-up radio host picks up the story, and the sort of mass hysteria that only today's social media makes possible ensues.
The story here goes where The Circle didn't: straight to the money. The book starts with a prospectus, and many of the chapters begin with a stock ticker. Although This is Rage takes place in Silicon Valley, Goldstein doesn't want us to forget that "the Street" makes the Valley tick. As much as any character in the novel is concerned with the safety of those who have been kidnapped, their company's precious stock price is always sitting heavily on everyone's shoulders, acting as the ultimate guidance and true leader.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't finish the book. It was slow in getting to anything interesting in the plot.Published 6 months ago by Daisy Mae
Although the carefully manicured lawns that Ken Goldstein describes in This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness are now brown and require little tending, this... Read morePublished 8 months ago by KB NYSF
Very engaging book with a steady to fast pace. The story is unusual while entertaining. The characters (some sympathetic, some hateable) and scenarios are well narrated--it's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lee Ruttenberg
There are so many moments in this book where Ken piercingly strikes the nerve of what makes start-ups so enticing and yet so absurd and I laughed deeply. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Louise Wannier
I took a leap of faith to read this book, a free book from Amazon and I chose thr pretty cover. The inside was magnificent. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Diego Carpio
Decent plot with way too much detail on intricacies of big business. The interesting part of the story was drawn out, didn't even read the last 5 pages. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Audrey
Good premise - especially if you appreciate ironic humor. The unbelievable ineptitude of the main FBI character is a nagging fault that you may be able to overlook for a time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by BRIAN B GALLAGHER
I first learned of This is Rage! When the author Ken Goldstein and I recently participated on a Hollywood conference panel on “Content and New Platforms”. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David E. Leibowitz
I read only the very best thrillers that also teach me something--and This is Rage completely delivers. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by reader