Soul Identity

Rated 4.68/5 based on 25 reviews
What if you could bank your money for your next life?

Smart-aleck and computer security expert Scott Waverly is skeptical of his new client's claim that they've been tracking souls for almost twenty-six hundred years.

Is it a freaky cult, or a sophisticated con job?

As Scott saves Soul Identity from an insider attack, he discovers the importance of the bridges connecting people's lives.
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Words: 96,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9780979805615
About Dennis Batchelder

I have been writing for ten years, and I've spent over twenty years in the computer security industry. I grew up in New England, spent twenty-five years in Maryland, and now I live with my wife, our three youngest sons, and my mother-in-law in West Seattle, Washington.

My novels revolve around Soul Identity, an organization that helps you leave your money and memories to your own future life.

My first novel Soul Identity is half techno-thriller, half existential journey. It explores what would happen if a God-less, business-based take on reincarnation prevailed--and the consequences this could cause.

Next comes Soul Intent, and it explores why people do bad things for good reasons. It's set both in Germany during the Nuremberg trials and the present day. This is an adventure tale of stealing, hiding, and recovering Nazi Gold.

My third book, Soul Integrity, explores the extremes people will undertake as part of keeping their faith. It's set in Cuba during the 60's, India and China in the 80's, and Seattle in the present day.

I'd love to hear from you... email me at, or visit me on Facebook!

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Review by: Lisa White on Dec. 03, 2013 :

A ... unique to you, pattern in your eyes that identifies your soul... that will show up again on earth in someone else's eyes after you have died... identifying your soul's reicarnation.

This was a fascinating book, I read it in one day (and now over half finished with the second book).

This is where I stumble in reviews... I want to tell you all about the mystery and the intrigue .. but how to do it without spoilers?

Just know that you won't be disappointed... This book grabbed me from page one and I am still immersed in the story (so much so that I made my boyfriend buy me the second book)... and it kept me reading on the internet, which I normally don't like to do.. (gosh I need a kindle)...

I am really happy to have gotten the chance to read this on smashwords and I am very much enjoying the second book...
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Review by: Hickory Cole on Dec. 31, 2012 :
I found the story concept very fascinating, but I could see the tech jargon getting in the way of some readers. Overall a great read.
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Review by: Julie Mahle on Dec. 02, 2012 :
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Review by: Dave Laughlin on Oct. 09, 2012 :
The book moved along nicely. A real page turner.
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Review by: Donna Jaske on Aug. 04, 2012 :
“These guys have been tracking soul identities for almost twenty-six hundred years. They have examples of identities repeating eight, ten, and even twelve times over the centuries. If you like reincarnation, you’ll love Soul Identity.”

What are these identities? They are complicated measurements of various characteristics of both eyes. As far as they can tell, only one person alive in the whole world has that identity. Only after you die, could another person be born with that same identity. The company exists to search for the same eye/soul identity appearing over generations, and to keep money from one person to be passed on to a later person born with the same eye identity. Needless to say, there is lots of room for corruption and power grabs, and lots of good excitement in this book.

The editing is almost flawless in this story. I can’t quite give it 5 stars because it’s a very simply written story lacking in sufficient character building that would help the reader to know the people. There are no changes of scenes and the story is totally linear because it is written in the “I” format: “I sat down at the dining room table this time. I moved the shotgun to the side and opened the folder.” All the I’s get a little annoying, but they are softened when there is dialog between them. The sample at the end of this book of a coming book has the prologue written in the story-telling/third person style and it is very well written and interesting . . . until it gets to the first chapter and switches back to the first person format.
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Review by: B.J. Price on June 02, 2012 :
A new idea, a great story well written. Looking forward to more books by D. Batchelder
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Review by: Kevin Basil on March 18, 2012 : (no rating)
I knew that I would love this book just by the summary. I'm obsessed with original stories and new ideas so this book is an instant favorite for me. The idea that a corporation helps people track their souls from one lifetime to the next so that people can transfer their money or knowledge back to "themselves" is ingenious. I loved the story and everything in it.

The characters were believable and I found myself thinking of them as friends. That's hard for some authors to pull off but Batchelder does it wonderfully. The twists kept coming, which barely allowed me to stop at the end of a chapter. All said, I can't think of one negative thing about this book. It was superb in terms of characterization, how the plot unfolds, the end, the descriptive portions, etc.

I cannot wait to read Soul Intent!
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Review by: Leo Leibovici on March 11, 2012 :
Really enjoyable. Difficult to stop reading as I kept wanting to know what happens next. Will definitely purchase the next one.
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Review by: Scheherizade Mq on Oct. 03, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this. So much so, I was pleased to see a second book, and purchased it! I thought the concept was very unique, good dialogue, and just an all around fun and entertaining read!
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Review by: gotmud on Aug. 29, 2011 :
this was a great book. I would read more from this author. Keep the good work up.
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Review by: Gail McFarland on July 20, 2011 :
Clever concept and interesting characters make this one funny and total fun!
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Review by: jackieone on July 19, 2011 :
Nice read, original concept, nicely executed. Yes, I would read more of the "Soul" books.
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Review by: Sara Lynn Frederiksen on June 28, 2011 :
This was a good read, that kept my interest right to the ending. Looking forward to more books by this author.
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Review by: jasmine pat on June 04, 2011 : (no rating)
This book is different from most others i have read, its little slow but a great read. the concept is different and the author has been able to tell it well. the ending is predictable, but i dint mind as the overall read was very good.
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Review by: Frank DeCrescenzo on April 09, 2011 :
This is a great story. The concept is intriguing and the writing is very well done. The characters are strong and interesting.
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Review by: GIULIANA AMIDANI on April 04, 2011 : (no rating)
Strange but fascinating.
I think the idea of eyes matching century after century is intriguing.
now I'm going to read Soul Intent: I will let you know
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Review by: Stephanie Brail on March 11, 2011 : (no rating)
I thought Soul Identity had a really great concept. I really enjoyed the idea of a reincarnation company. So, for the most part, I enjoyed the book, except for one thing: Too many cutesy couples! I think at one point there were three happy, sappy couples all in a limo together, all cooing about how in love they were. That was just too much for me.

Please, give yourself as a writer the following challenge for your future books: NO HAPPY COUPLES! In the least, have people fight once in a while. I actually found the couples to be much more unbelievable than the idea of a reincarnation company.

If you work a little bit more on giving your characters depth then it should be easier to have more dynamic relationships. Of course, you don't need really deep characters to write a bestselling book: Dan Brown doesn't have sophisticated characters, his books are interesting because of the history and information. But even The DaVinci Code's Robert Langdon has issues - i.e., his claustrophobia. In his latest book, there is a very understated romance with the lead character. This is a good example of putting in a smattering of it without overwhelming your reader with sweetness.

Let me put it this way: At the end of The Lost Symbol, I wanted the two main characters to get together. At the end of Soul Identity, I was wishing that one of them had left or died. Morbid, I know, but it was just all too easy.

Overall, I think this was a good effort and a page turner. I actually enjoyed this more than stuff I've read from "published" authors. I hope you'll write more...just lay off the romance novels. More sci-fi, more thrills, please. :-)
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Review by: Jamie Fonsetto on Feb. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
I read both of the books and they both were great they are free and worth reading. Loved it so glad I got them
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Review by: kiste on Jan. 23, 2011 :
A very good book with a brilliant idea. I like it very much and will surely read the soul ident book.
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Review by: Cat L on Jan. 17, 2011 :
Very well written with lots of clever technical and computer use by the security expert yet written clearly and simply enough for anyone to understand and not bogged down by it. The story is gripping...I couldn't put it down.
The company Soul Identity is fascinating and the whole concept of passing on wealth and knowledge to future incarnations or people with your soul identity is different.
I like the characters a lot and it was kept interesting by having parts of the story in different locations. A talented writer.
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Review by: Michael Balkind on Oct. 28, 2010 :
Dennis Batchelder pulls you in right from the beginning of this fascinating tale and captivates you until the final page.
A twisted version of reincarnation may be tough to swallow for many, including me. But believer or not, Soul Identity will grab your interest, entertain you, and maybe, just maybe, get you to consider the viability of its premise.
Protagonist Scott Waverly, a computer security specialist with a quick wit, takes you on an exciting journey filled with suspense, deception, murder, and humor.
Batchelder's writing style is light, witty and fun, making the book difficult to put down. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more of the authors work.
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Review by: Ray Mullen on June 28, 2010 :
I realy enjoyed this book. It is a page turner. The premise is new to me and developed well. I liked the characters. After reading it , I had to read " Soul Intent", also good. Not quite as engrossing as the first, but well worth the read.
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Review by: Doug Pardee on June 12, 2010 :
A good 'investigation' story. The beginning is bloated; the first 75 pages probably could have been written in about 10. But if you push on through that part, you'll find the rest of the book worth the effort.

From the description you might think that the plot delves into the metaphysical or mystical, but it doesn't really. The story is very much grounded in the material world, even if some of the client's members aren't.

There's a hint of deus ex machina in the resolution, but not so much as to be bothersome.
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Review by: GraceKrispy on June 04, 2010 :
This was an really intriguing, suspenseful, yet lighthearted book. It was immediately gripping and and entertaining. I am eager to read the next one!
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Review by: janet corser on May 06, 2010 :
Got it, read it, loved it, will be reading next in the series.
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Review by: Tim Nichol on Jan. 21, 2010 :
A well written page-turner. An example of why Independent Authors are a GREAT asset. This should especially appeal to people who had been in software or IT - a niche market that mainstream might ignore.

After finishing, I immediately bought the next in the series, Soul Intent.
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Review by: mores on Jan. 17, 2010 :
An excellent read. It's gripping, hard to put down, makes you smile a lot and has very likeable characters. I definately recommend it and will buy the sequel right now.
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Review by: cbell on Jan. 07, 2010 :
A great story line - entertaining, thought-provoking and gripping.

I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. Thank you, Dennis!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: tselling on Aug. 21, 2009 :
I actually purchased this from Amazon (wasn't available here at the time). It is a well written thriller. Check it out, I don't think you will be disappointed. If you like this one should slso check out the sequel "Soul Intent". I like Soul Identity best but the sequel was good too.
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Review by: Emma Lions on June 08, 2009 :
Whether or not you believe in reincarnation - if you like a high-tech story with believable geeks, plenty of action and the odd philosophical thought, this book is for you.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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