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Soul Identity [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Batchelder
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    ForeWord CLARION reviews: "Batchelder has a flair for telling a story and involving his readers. Right from the get-go of a riveting prologue there are the elements of suspense, sexiness, and humor that abound throughout the book."

    American Chronicle: "Fantasy and spirituality with even a touch of a philosophical twist."

    Armchair Interviews: "Twists and turns, deception and murder mixed with new age double-speak and new millenium techno-savvy."

    Product Details

    • File Size: 527 KB
    • Print Length: 260 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979805600
    • Publisher: NetLeaves (November 16, 2007)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000ZHD9VU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,359 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    341 of 355 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars CAN YOU REALLY TAKE IT WITH YOU?? January 25, 2008
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    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.
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    87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars simplistic story line, entertaining idea June 16, 2009
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This story was certainly worth what I paid for it, and was actually the first book I read on my Kindle2. I thought the idea was clever and intriguing, and it really could have been a great story. My objection to it is that it read like a high-school junior's idea of a book. There was a single story arc. Even children's books have multiple arcs to flesh out the story and keep things interesting. The characters were pretty flat, underdeveloped I think. But even with those critiques, I have to say that I enjoyed reading it, and what more do you want in entertaining fiction?
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    68 of 80 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Soul searching good read! August 14, 2007
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Scott Waverly is a great hero - he is smart, wise-cracking (reminds me of John Corey), and a security analyst - He is contacted by Soul Identity to do some work for them, and is sent a device to take images of his eyes - instead of doing what they asked, he takes photos of a bluefish's eyes and sends it - His next door neighbor, who had applied for membership is bummed because SI wouldn't admit him because he only has 1 eye - (they think it takes 2 for the whole soul identity thing to work). To help his neighbor, Scott agrees to work for Soul Identity and see what problems need fixing...
    Turns out that the eyes ARE the mirrors of the soul - and the eyes, like fingerprints, are unique - Soul Identity's members can register their Soul Identities and can bank their money/investments etc for themselves for the next go 'round - in other words - if you are a believer in reincarnation you can have your cake and eat it too!
    Scott and the good guys at SI soon see the problem and also see that SI needs some tweeking too...Someone within the organization is stealing members away, saying SI doesn't represent the organization anymore - Scott and Soul Indentity members work to get Soul Identity back and stop the bad guys - They go literally all around the world to work out what is going on and take us on this wild ride too!
    The premise is really interesting and Batchelder's style is so easy you get caught up in the chase - very entertaining book and I look forward to sequels with this great bunch!
    Very unique premise and deep thoughts and nonstop action - good combination!
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    32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy would-be thriller July 11, 2009
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I don't know much about the provenance of this book, but it's hard to imagine it being anything but a self-published affair. The book simply isn't written very well. Although the author shows some flair for pacing and has an agreeable, breezy style, it's not enough to make up for flaws that make it unsuitable for publication.

    Coincidence drives the plot. The consultant who is consulted to help the titular organization happens to live next door to a wronged client. Co-conspirators to the plot reveal precisely the necessary information to the wrong people at the wrong time, and conduct phone calls detailing their plans while standing next to their intended victims. An organization that requires total secrecy has members who carelessly reveal details of their plans while sitting in a sauna with the protagonist's parents.

    There are two adjectives per character. The love interest is smart and sexy, the various functionaries of the Soul Identity organization are honest and naïve, the head of the conspiracy is snide and cruel. Sometimes the adjectives don't match very well: an employee of the organization who drives much of the plot seems to be simultaneously stupid and resourceful. When one of the characters is revealed as treacherous, I actually had to search backward through the book to remember who he was.

    The book has scenes set in three countries, but there isn't a hint of description. Instead, one of the characters says something like, "Here in India..." The climax in Venice is particularly awkward; all of the action takes place inside an office and an amphitheater. It might as well have happened in a Holiday Inn.

    This is a bad book. I paid $.01 for it, and that was a fair price.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good
    I enjoyed this author. The story had some good twists but ended up as predicted. I was hoping for a few more surprises but I'll give book 2 a chance.
    Published 25 days ago by Andrew C.
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
    Very different book. Science fiction, a mystery and romance all tied into one book. Very enjoyable to read at the beach...
    Published 1 month ago by Joan Mann
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
    Slow starter, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. Intriguing & thought provoking.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
    A really good read that's easy follow. The tempo for the build to the finale great! There was nothing left questionable, and I liked how areas around the country and cultured... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars great book
    I couldn't put it down. It made me wonder if we have unique iris or retina patterns. A feat reincarnation idea
    Published 3 months ago by Carol Meyer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Identity
    Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder is a different kind of mystery book and I enjoyed reading it very much! A thumbs up for this one!
    Published 3 months ago by Linda C. Holladay
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Valuable insist without this book.
    Published 4 months ago by judith a gilbert
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Great book. I loved it!
    Published 4 months ago by Randi Hall
    2.0 out of 5 stars Average
    Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Smith
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Pretty rubbishy
    Published 4 months ago by Raymond Livesey
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    Dennis Batchelder is a computer security architect. He lives with his family in Bellevue, Washington, and spends his off-hours working on the next Soul Identity novel.


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