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You can't take it with you...but what if you could? Most people believe their souls outlive their bodies. Most people would find an organization that tracks their souls into the future and passes on their banked money and memories compelling. Scott Waverly isn't like most people. He spends his days finding and fixing computer security holes. And Scott is skeptical of his new client's claim that they have been calculating and tracking soul identities for almost twenty-six hundred years. Are they running a freaky cult? Or a sophisticated con job? Scott needs to save Soul Identity from an insider attack. Along the way, he discovers the importance of the bridges connecting people's lives.

Customer Reviews:

  • A good read that makes you think
    Soul Identity
    Dennis Batchelder's book was great fun to read. Soul Identity`s mix of characters were given rich identities with flaws that make them easy to identify with. (The twins made me laugh) The premise of the story was intriguing and served as a good backdrop for the drama that Scott (The main character) was involved with.
    While telling of the story Dennis, takes you on a trip to different parts of the world and makes you feel at home with his funny observations about the cultures. The book also mixes in a frightening education about our identity in the digital age.
    There were a few times during "Soul Identity" when" Scott" had it a little easy - but that didn't last long. The fast pace of the book ensured that plot twist created a new problem to solve.
    I enjoyed reading this story and am looking forward to the next one.
    ...more info
  • Good enough to finish, but I'll be slow to buy the next
    The plot just didn't quite hold together for me.
    It was good enough that I finished it, and there are many books I don't bother to finish - so that says something.
    And the two geeks falling for each other, well (I don't want to spoil the plot...)...more info
  • CAN YOU REALLY TAKE IT WITH YOU??
    This will not be one of those "why buy the book reviews", which I deplore. I am always turned off by reviews that divulge the entire plot line and outcome of a book in the review. Hopefully, I will give you just enough to whet your reading appetite.

    The author of Soul Identity presents a fascinating fantasy for his readers to contemplate and savour. He immerses us in the adventures of a computer security geek and his "hot" Russian female counterpart and allows us to theorize as to our own feelings concerning the possibility of reincarnation. Would any of us be interested in engaging the services of a company that would act as a depository for our money, life experiences, and other valuables, and return them to us in our next life because, through the use of modern technology, they have developed a system of tracking and identifying souls through time? If there were such an organization, how long would it be before someone would hatch a scheme to infiltrate and usurp control??

    Want the answers to these and a myriad of other questions, then buy a copy of Soul Identity and get ready for an entertaining, thought provoking and engaging read with plenty of action for the thrill seekers among you. I guarantee that even the most jaded reader will be hooked by page twenty.
    ...more info
  • Soul Identify
    I just read this book on my Kindle2 and could not put it down. It was a very easy read and kept me wanting more. As soon as I finished it I was looking for the next book called Soul Intent. But . .it will not be out now until just before Christmas. This book has ensured that I will look for others by Dennis Batchelder. And don't forget, I got all this for only $.01 down loaded to my K2....more info
  • Thought Provoking
    This is a book that will make your spiritual imagination wander off into spaces never before thought of. I found it such an interesting premise I could hardly lay it down to tend to my physical life. You will find yourself thinking big thoughts as you read about life and its meaning and where we go after this round of consciousness. I recommend it highly as a mind expanding read....more info
  • Soul Identity
    ISBN 0979805600 - I have to begin with two confessions. One, I'd have reviewed this a while ago but a friend swiped my copy. (I tend to refer to the book when I write) Instead of returning it, they told a friend to read it... and passed it along. Finally, I gave up and bought a new copy. Last I heard, the first copy had been passed through 5 sets of hands, which ought to tell you something.

    Two, oddly, has nothing to do with my review rating. I love this book. The contents, I'll get to in a moment, but I mean the book, the appearance, the layout. The cover image, which looks a little washed out online, is actually richly colored and the level of detail seems to be one reason why so many other people keep passing my copy around. Once inside, I discovered one reason that the book is thinner than I'd expected: measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" helps, but so do the smaller margins, all the way around. Each chapter begins at the top of a page instead of in the center and the text is slightly wider, but not so wide that it disappears into the binding. This might be a small thing to normal people but for me it made a positive impression because (a) everything that saves a publisher a penny is good news for the future of real, physical books and (b) less wasted white space translates into fewer dead trees and conservation is good. The author is the publisher but it is as NetLeaves that Batchelder earns 5 stars. It's about time I get to the book, isn't it?

    Scott Waverly is quite possibly the least likely adventure hero. The single IT security geek who's in business with his parents is approached by an ancient secretive organization to help them into the 21st century. The weird secretive-ness might chase away others, but it seems to appeal to Waverly, who takes the job and finds himself more interested than he'd anticipated. Val, hot chick with a slight accent and resident of "the dungeon" at Soul Identity, certainly helps focus Scott's curiosity - but will they find time to fall in love while they investigate?

    The way the book began had me thinking about putting it down, but I was way too curious for that - so in the end, the beginning actually did hook me! The action and the number of odd characters kept me interested throughout, despite the sometimes stilted dialogue and the kind of weird vibe that I got about Scott's extra-close relationship with his parents (reflected in the scene where he finds an older couple having sex in his room and doesn't so much as blink).

    I've got one problem with the story. Soul Identity (and, really, what are the odds that such an ancient company would have such a cool, double entendre kind of name?) does one thing, and it's a rare thing with a long history, it's a little weird and they've had no competition for a really looong time. Therefore, it seems a bit strange that they seem to run around telling everyone what it is that they do. Using eye doctors made sense to me - it was a way to get a peek at eyes without having to divulge anything. Letting Santa in on the secret, but refusing him admittance, and spelling everything out to the bad guy, pretty much up front, that all makes me wonder how this organization could exist for so long in secrecy. This is not a flawless book - it's got a couple inconsistencies that seem hard to miss - but the premise is really interesting, leaving me hopeful that the kinks have been shaken out and the next book will be up to the five star mark.

    - AnnaLovesBooks...more info
  • Reincarnation? Don't know, but if there is bring this book along!
    Do you believe in reincarnation? Past lives? The concept of a soul? If these subjects yield you no conclusive answers and only leave you scratching your head in wonder, you're not alone. These are just some of the imponderable questions posed to Mr. Scott Waverly, the quirky protagonist of Mr. Batchelder's novel Soul Identity. It's lucky for us that it was Mr. Waverly that got to field these shag flies because let's just say Mr. Waverly lives in his own very special Field of Dreams. It's a land that most of us only occasionally visit and that's a shame! For in Waverly's world we find that we can suddenly start taking things - including ourselves - way less seriously. We can laugh, test, prod, poke fun, take potshots and let the air out of just about any subject! And that's just what Mr. Waverly does, but then what would you expect from a security consultant that is one flea short of a circus?

    Scott Waverly finds himself in the unique position of being contacted by an organization that purports to read souls by taking an eyeprint. This organization - Soul Identity - does for eyes what forensics and CSI has done for fingerprints! Seems that the old saying "the eyes are the windows of the soul" was just getting us started in the right direction. That's where this mysterious organization comes in. They've perfected the art of finding out where our soul has been, through centuries of making hand drawings of our orbs. They've even gone high-tech and now use computers to help the process along, but that's where things go downhill. They find a slow leak causing profits to go down and a usurper waiting in the wings to takeover their clientele when they do bottom out. That's where Mr. Waverly comes in. They hire him to find what's going on. I don't know if they would have done so if they'd met him first, but you know what they say about resumes and hiring people - some people sure do look good on paper! Mr. Waverly seems to be in this category. He's brought on board to find the security glitch and he does so in his own ... er ... strange? ... squirrelly? ... unique? ... yes, unique way. He encounters bad guys, assassination attempts and even romance along the way. We're taken on a carnival ride that is slow enough to enjoy and let us view the scenery - and fast enough to keep us interested! More, importantly, we get to reside in Waverly's world at least until the end of this journey!

    I don't know if any of life's burning questions are answered through Mr. Waverly's travails, but I do know that even if you can't take everything with you - at least keep a copy of Soul Identity around! You'll find it an easy and a very fun read and the perfect companion to accompany you as you soul hop through the centuries!!!
    ...more info
  • Good enough to finish, but I'll be slow to buy the next
    The plot just didn't quite hold together for me.
    It was good enough that I finished it, and there are many books I don't bother to finish - so that says something.
    And the two geeks falling for each other, well (I don't want to spoil the plot...)...more info
  • Soul Identity - pretty poor reading
    I'm rating Soul Identity as a one star because it offered just enough promise to drag me through almost the entire book. I'm annoyed with myself for not putting it down earlier. I kept thinking that it would getter better, but it just never happened.

    If you download Soul Identity and it seems OK, that's as good as it's going to get.
    ...more info
  • Disappointing
    I am someone who likes books that grab me right from the start and keep my attention ,as well as make me want to not put the book down.
    I kept waiting for this story to get better,but it never did.
    After 13 chapters I think it is safe to say that it is not going to get better,at least not in my opinion.
    Each to their own of course but this book was disappointing....more info
  • You'll Not Want This One To End
    Dennis hits the bullseye with Soul Identity. The premise is simple... People do have a way to learn from their past lives, tap into their accumulated wealth, and leave it all for their next life. But as you can imagine, with that much accumulated wealth, a sinister villain is lurking to claim it for himself.

    Soul Identity is the ancient firm tasked with finding, and matching, the stored depository of wealth with the rightful living person. But when it comes under a subtle, but crippling attack, Scott Waverly is called in to help defend the company from attackers.

    Scott must decide for himself whether Soul Identity is for real, or whether it is the real enemy which preys on the innocent. Using his ingenuity, charm, intelligence, and street smarts, Scott uncovers clues that lead to a daring and action-packed conclusion.

    Soul Identity is definitely a book you'll enjoy....more info
  • The Eyes Have It!
    The Eyes Have It! No, that's not a typo. Eyes are critical to this story. From the deep blue eyes of Scott Waverly's newly found soul mate, Valentina, to the eyes of the members of Soul Identity, eyes play a big part in this drama. You'll have to read it to find out why.

    Soul Identity hires Scott Waverly, an eastern shore of Maryland computer security genius to evaluate their security. He meets Val, a computer geeks' image of Venus. Together they find the clues and unravel the mystery of why another company is trying to eliminate Soul Identity as well as Scott and Val.

    Having lived most of my life in the Washington DC area, I traveled many a day on the way to Ocean City across the bridge and Kent Island where portions of this story take place. The story makes one feel they are there again.

    Dennis's writing reminds me of Stephen Frey, or a young version of Jerry Labriola.

    I hope to see Val and Scott pitted against many more bad guys in the future!
    Benjamin Blue - Author of Storm Killer...more info
  • What a bunch of fun!
    I am an avid reader of science fiction, techno-thrillers, fantasy and magic, and lots of other types of books. I rarely these days have time to read for pleasure and while I'll pick up almost anything, I'm downright choosy about what I keep in my hands to finish.

    I found Soul Identity to be a quick read and very enjoyable. It's got all the things I like in an action *movie* - car chases, explosions, a few guns going off, bad guys you can actually point a finger at, some frantic running around, and some very good scheming - all underlaid with a very interesting premise. I very much liked the base idea that you can read a soul's identity through the eyes. I also liked the underlying larger questions that the book touches on, but didn't use to beat me over the head.

    If you know Dennis and his lovely wife, then you know who the main characters in the book are. I read in someone else's review that SI's male lead is a smart-aleck. Like I said, if you know Dennis...

    I walked into this book with 0 expectations, and ended up reading it in two sittings, even staying up late to read though we have a new baby and I don't get much sleep. Soul Identity is worth it! Pick it up and read it already!

    And Dennis... I'm waiting only marginally patiently for the next installment. Hurry up, would you?...more info
  • Fun, exciting read!
    I really, really enjoyed this one. The concept is a little off the wall (and I'm curious if the eye mapping details are factual) but the story is fast paced and exciting. I read it in one afternoon and the next morning started looking for the sequel!

    I definitely recommend this for a light hearted action read....more info
  • A very good read...
    Thank you Dennis for a great book. I thought the plot was novel, the characters well developed, and the humor well done. I am anxious to read your next one.

    BTW, it was great on my Kindle. :-)...more info
  • Great, fast paced read
    Reincarnation? Do you believe in it? I do not. However, this book had me hooked from the first chapter.

    Scott Waverly, a computer guru who runs his own security firm, is approached about checking into a security scam from a corporation that he has never heard of - nor, can he find out anything about them. Scott is reluctant at first. Something persuades him to check them out.

    When he takes the job he begins to wonder - are they a cult? Are they conning others? What was their deal?

    Without spoiling this book for others, Mr. Batchelder does a fantastic job deplicting humor, controversy, and even a small love scene. Scott is unsure of who to trust. Is Scott in danger?

    I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good thrill ride. Also, computerists will love this book. ...more info
  • Good idea loses steam to the point of becoming tedious
    I really wanted to like this novel after reading the opening about the security auditing, even though using mom and dad seems a little low rent for a company trying to be taken seriously. The basic premise of the soul identity also interested me in the beginning but by the end of this novel I really just didn't care anymore and had to force myself to finish it just for closure. This is not the sign of a good work of fiction.

    So what didn't I like about the book?
    Unrealistic verbose dialog. I try to imagine people talking the way characters in the book do and I just can't see it.
    Over use of coincidence. It is hard for me to get past the fact that Scott and Santa were neighbors. I don't think it was even necessary that they had to be.
    Too many characters. Scott, mom, dad, Santa, Val, Bob, Elizabeth, George, Sue, Madame what'ername and the twins, Brian, the two Indians and the German software designer, the monk, the overseers whose names I can't recall as well as the alias. I know I'm forgetting some too. Enough already! No wonder there was so much dialog.
    Scott and Val becoming a couple in a couple of hours. Please.
    A minor nit is Scott's supposed ability to just whip up (overnight presumably) a graphics program to mimic what the Soul Identity software did when it mapped and recorded iris patterns from a digital photograph. My officemate is a Ph.D. in Computer Science who specializes in graphics and he was quite amused and amazed when I explained this part of the plot to him. ...more info
  • Eyes-The Gateway To The Soul
    Dennis Batchelder combines wit,romance, and vivid imagination in Soul Identity. The author is successful in awakening the acute senses needed to capture the essence of the tale. The idea of the eyes being the mirror of the soul went a step further when the twist of the tale included a bridge from normality to the unknown. Without repeating what already has been said, this reader found the story interesting on every plane it offered. I would recommend Soul Identity to those who want to adventure with a fast paced,imaginative read.
    ...more info
  • Soul Identity
    I just finished Dennis's book "Soul Identity" certainly an action thriller.Scott Waverly is a well presented and believable character,as are all of the characters in the story.The techno-computer bable is kept at a reasonable level and the story is really about the people involved. The "Soul Progression" basis for the adventure is well founded in some beliefs and lends itself very well to this story.The authors use of disciptive and interesting locals to highten the suspense is well done.The story flows from start to finish with a great ending, which leaves room for further adventure.A good read!! Check it out!
    Jacamo Peterson Author "A Hard Place/A Sergeants Tale"...more info
  • Entertaining, creative and well crafted....
    When it comes to pure creativity, Soul Identity is worth reading for that alone but there is a lot more to it. The premise of the novel is that a powerful but secretive business, Soul Identity, has developed a method whereby the progress of one's soul from one lifetime to the next can be tracked and identified. This allows people to save their acquisitions from lifetime to lifetime thus amassing a considerable fortune over lifetimes and also creating "collections" of tools that will give them advantages from one lifetime to the next. A fascinating possibility. And Batchelder has done an amazing job of defining the technique for doing this. But now Soul Identity is being threatened by a possible competitor and there are mysterious internal issues too. Into the situation comes Scott Waverly, a non-believer who earns his living detecting security holes. His job: to find out what is going on and how to stop it. The rest of the book is a mixture of adventure, forays into the philosophy that forms the basis of Soul Identity's business, and a touch of romance.

    Batchelder writes well with a quick, light touch, a dry sense of humor, and a remarkable authority of technical knowledge. His characters are not only multi-dimensional and interesting but, in many cases, highly entertaining. Waverly himself is a likeable hero who hovers on the brink of being a smart-mouth but never quite slips into that trap. He is funny, droll, sure of himself in his work but not quite as confident when romance appears --- a pleasant combination. He is assisted in his business by his parents, two very charming and engaging characters. Along the way we are introduced to a number of other intriguing characters including Scott's neighbor Berry, a Santa Claus look-alike with an interesting past, Madam Flora the fortuneteller who works for Soul Identity and her daffy twin granddaughters, and a host of Soul Identity employees with unique personalities and roles to play.

    The story moves quickly as Scott and Val, the beautiful computer genius and Soul Identity employee he is falling in love with, travel around the globe in search of the information they need to lead them to the book's final confrontation.

    Not only is Soul Identity an entertaining read but it explores some intriguing questions about life, death and what the hereafter means. Batchelder has created a remarkable world that draws you in and keeps you entertained from beginning to end....more info
  • Can't Wait For Sould Intent!
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The premise was very good and the action was fast paced. I'll be buying the sequel as soon as it comes out!...more info
  • Fast-paced Entertainment
    Dennis Batchelder has mastered the craft of the modern, top-selling thriller. Quick sentences, short paragraphing, and fast-paced dialogue that electrify the story with tense action, curious milieus and exotic foreign lands. The result: you can't wait to peel another layer off the onion called Soul Identity to find out what's at the heart of it, how it came to be, and will it survive an onslaught of corporate intrigue and corruption. There's no florid verbosity here. (This review notwithstanding.)

    Billions of people believe in the soul. So why are there so few novels exploring the possibilities of its existence? What if the soul inhabits future body and lives on? The concept of reincarnation has been around a long time. It sure would be wonderful if we could merit -- both spiritually and financially -- from previous lives. Hence Soul Identity Corp.

    The founder of SI is an ancient Greek scientist and contemporary of Aristole named Thales. The business has been in existence ever since. He discovered that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Why not keep records and make a little money along the way?

    When valuable information leaks from the corporate database, security analyst Scott Waverly gets called in like a hired gun in the old west. He gets paid around the clock so the action never wearies. Car chases, gun fights, escapades in India and Venice.

    It's all here, even a little romance with a beautiful Russian cohort who also knows a little about breaches in security -- both personal and computerized.

    Mirror Reversal

    ...more info
  • Good story for the most part.....
    I purchased this book because the author cleverly marketed himself on a blog. It was a good story and I enjoyed the plot. Some dialog was hard to follow and I think the author has opportunites to better clarify key points in future books--for example I got the "idea" of what Soul Identity as an organization did, but I wasn't ever really clear on how it all worked.

    All in all, I enjoyed the book and will read others written by Dennis....more info
  • If you like Nelson Demille, you will love this book.....
    I decided to give this book a try, and found myself stopping another novel by a very prolific writer (SK) to read this. I found it very entertaining, a total page-turner, and I could not put it down until finished. I thing SK will forgive me, as he is very supportive of new authors. Read this book, you will not regret it. Expect to see the author's name again.......more info
  • Interesting premise
    Seems I've been reading every chance I get now that I have my Kindle. This book is one of the better ones that I've downloaded. Looking forward to the sequel. ...more info
  • Worth a second read
    I believe in giving a reaction to a book or poem more than, what did the pages say? The back of the book gives you an idea of what the books is about, we can toss it around here and give our ideas, but as a free thinking person, you will have your own opinion.

    This book left me in awe, from the moment I started the journey with Mr. Batchelder along the tattered and sad path of Scott Waverly through a dark world of science fiction. Though from the depth we get in this book, it does seem to be perhaps a project of passion from the author.

    The action in the book is minimal, but the dept and scenery are brilliant. Your mind is given an aphrodisiac of thoughts and ideas, while a mystery is brewing.

    The author has a true passion for the written language, its burned into each page with a love of the craft so obvious it warms your heart. The phrasing is clear and concise, as if two old friends were rekindling a conversation.

    While the ending of the book doesn't change your life, it will leave you with a new found sense of inspiration.

    An excellent novel by someone I think can revitalize a genre and bring youth back to the books and away from the television.

    I highly recommend this book, no reservations at all. ...more info
  • Soul Identity
    ISBN 0979805600 - I have to begin with two confessions. One, I'd have reviewed this a while ago but a friend swiped my copy. (I tend to refer to the book when I write) Instead of returning it, they told a friend to read it... and passed it along. Finally, I gave up and bought a new copy. Last I heard, the first copy had been passed through 5 sets of hands, which ought to tell you something.

    Two, oddly, has nothing to do with my review rating. I love this book. The contents, I'll get to in a moment, but I mean the book, the appearance, the layout. The cover image, which looks a little washed out online, is actually richly colored and the level of detail seems to be one reason why so many other people keep passing my copy around. Once inside, I discovered one reason that the book is thinner than I'd expected: measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" helps, but so do the smaller margins, all the way around. Each chapter begins at the top of a page instead of in the center and the text is slightly wider, but not so wide that it disappears into the binding. This might be a small thing to normal people but for me it made a positive impression because (a) everything that saves a publisher a penny is good news for the future of real, physical books and (b) less wasted white space translates into fewer dead trees and conservation is good. The author is the publisher but it is as NetLeaves that Batchelder earns 5 stars. It's about time I get to the book, isn't it?

    Scott Waverly is quite possibly the least likely adventure hero. The single IT security geek who's in business with his parents is approached by an ancient secretive organization to help them into the 21st century. The weird secretive-ness might chase away others, but it seems to appeal to Waverly, who takes the job and finds himself more interested than he'd anticipated. Val, hot chick with a slight accent and resident of "the dungeon" at Soul Identity, certainly helps focus Scott's curiosity - but will they find time to fall in love while they investigate?

    The way the book began had me thinking about putting it down, but I was way too curious for that - so in the end, the beginning actually did hook me! The action and the number of odd characters kept me interested throughout, despite the sometimes stilted dialogue and the kind of weird vibe that I got about Scott's extra-close relationship with his parents (reflected in the scene where he finds an older couple having sex in his room and doesn't so much as blink).

    I've got one problem with the story. Soul Identity (and, really, what are the odds that such an ancient company would have such a cool, double entendre kind of name?) does one thing, and it's a rare thing with a long history, it's a little weird and they've had no competition for a really looong time. Therefore, it seems a bit strange that they seem to run around telling everyone what it is that they do. Using eye doctors made sense to me - it was a way to get a peek at eyes without having to divulge anything. Letting Santa in on the secret, but refusing him admittance, and spelling everything out to the bad guy, pretty much up front, that all makes me wonder how this organization could exist for so long in secrecy. This is not a flawless book - it's got a couple inconsistencies that seem hard to miss - but the premise is really interesting, leaving me hopeful that the kinks have been shaken out and the next book will be up to the five star mark.

    - AnnaLovesBooks...more info
  • soul identity
    oh my god thjs book was such a nice surprise i could not put i down what a great writer dennis batchelder is i look forward to many moreof her book s kathy elliott fl....more info
  • Good Stuff!
    I got a kick out of the protagonist working and living with Mom and Dad. The book has a good opening but peters out a bit towards the end. Still a fun read and enjoyable!...more info
  • Interesting
    I am a fairly new reader but I really enjoyed your book. I will be watching for the sequel!...more info