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Soul Identity

(Soul Identity #1)

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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  4,357 ratings  ·  411 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 7th 2007 by Netleaves (first published July 1st 2007)
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Dennis Batchelder
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
of course i loved it... i wrote it :-)
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for something different.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: Amazon freebie

This was a freebie from Amazon recently, and I just can’t help myself, I download evvverrything that’s free! Anyway, I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but from the blurb I was guessing it would be some sort of anti - organized religion type story. I was kind of apprehensive about reading it, but decided to give it a go anyway. As it turns out, I really enjoyed the premise -
You can't take it with you...but what if you could? Most people believe their souls outlive their bodies. Most peopl
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Myth
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What makes a good esoteric, soft sci-fi read? Maybe a mysterious organization that claims to be able to track souls? Sounds interesting.

The story begins with Scott, probably our teenage protagonist guessing from the writing and how he acts. He's a smart kid and one-ups an airport security team. Scott has a business in security that he runs with his parents.

But wait, Scott lives on his own. So maybe he wasn't the clever fifteen year old he seemed to be. As a matter of fact, he's not a smart kid a
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Susan Jane McLeod
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all adventure lovers
Let me say straight away that this book does not deserve 5 stars.I had to give them because 6 was not possible!Soul Identity contains everything a reader could want:drama,action,adventure,humor,and romance.It appeals across a wide range of genres.The plot revolves around a mysterious organization called "Soul Identity", whose members bank on taking it with them when they go,literally. They believe they can have it back in their next life. Are they crazy? Are they dangerous? Scott Waverly,a man w ...more
Ronald
Aug 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
A lame book that only manages to limp along on the crutches of one interesting concept. There is some potential here, and it would have been interesting to see it explored in the hands of a better writer. Though as it is, I just can't recommend this one at all. The writing is poor and the characters and plot are groan-inducing. The only saving grace is the soul identity idea itself, which was wasted here. I forced myself to finish the book hoping it would improve but it only gets more ridiculous ...more
Sandie
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 feelin
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tomlinton
I deleted this accidentally
off my Kindle
which is actually back
to Amazon's library
where there are two versions
god knows why
one costing 99 cents
and the other a mere penny
but it's a worthwhile read
and having forgotten the title
and not having recorded it here
I couldn't find it
within my vast Amazon library

A passing glance
in someone's free or cheap
Kindle book review
and I had the info
I needed to re-down load it

Only to discover either
one of my partners
had finished it and left
it at the end
or I had gott
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Jennifer
Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it
I downloaded this book onto my Kindle from the free listings. Sometimes I'm wary of the books on that list, but I really, really liked the concept of this one. It was fascinating. BUT... I felt like there was way too much detail about some things, pointless detail on other things, the romance between Val and Scott seemed like it was contrived at first and just tossed in as a gimme to reach the female readership. On other things that should have had more detail, there was none. There were gaps in ...more
Wendy
Scott Waverly, a cynic must help the secret society of Soul Identity from being destroyed by a clever thief. The owners are too naive and were almost conned out of their business and its impressive assets. The internal love interest was fun. Best of all it cost one penny on kindle.
Cristelle Snyman
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Free Kindle book. Interesting idea but badly executed. Came very close to abandoning it a few times.
Jan
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story made me wonder what goes on in the mind of a writer. A society, formed ages ago, is based on your soul imprint -- that of your eyes. They believe that if you want to "take it with you" when you die, you can leave your worldly goods and words to your future "self' in a depository so that Soul Identify workers can find your soul sometime in the future. I loved the beginning of the book and can only imagine how much fun the author had with that scenerio.
Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne
This is a long review because I had a lot to say about this book. I also am reviewing this before I finish. I've read over half of the novel and I feel that's enough for a solid review. I started out in love with this book. I loved the author's style and the voice. I loved the humor and I loved the character's quirkiness. But that wasn't enough to keep my attention as the book moves on. I flew through the first 50 pages and was really excited reading it then my excitement fizzled little by littl ...more
Nani
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-2012
I loved Soul Identity and the whole concept of the company the story is built around. In the book, your eyes are the key to finding your past, your soul’s past. Think about retina scans for identity, we already use that in places. The theory in Soul Identity is that no two living people have the same iris pattern, like a fingerprint. The company, Soul Identity, is ages and ages old, since a time when qualified artisans drew the eyes to form the identity pictures. After you have gone, your soul w ...more
Julie
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good read, not just for a free e-book, but overall.

The whole concept of a soul identity is pretty captivating all by itself, but what I found even more interesting is that this author chose not to tie prior lives into the memory of the current life. The soul is identified by mapping the eyes. Soul seekers search for the matches and the matching person is notified of their prior lives, of which they have no memory. Their prior identities leave a legacy for their future selves, kn
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Roberta
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I admire the author for his ability to even compile a work of fiction this unique. He writes how a society called Soul Identity has been around for 2,600 years, within which there are a few members who are called overseers. The overseers were those whose soul had come back several times and could be traced to a notable person.

As no two human eyes are the same, the eyes are photographed for membership. A portion of the eye will be the same for a person whose soul has later reincarnated into anot
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Kellie
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked DaVinci Code and other similar storylines
Recommended to Kellie by: book group selection
I thought the premise for this book was fascinating and enjoyed entering the world of Soul Identity. The plot line is strong and most of the events of the book are fairly believable, which always makes a book more enjoyable for me – if I can sort of see the action play out as I read the story.

I do wish that the book was longer, and the characters were developed a little bit more. I would have loved to have felt like I know the characters better, and that some of the relationships between them w
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PJ Swanwick
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
New age thriller starts strong but fails to deliver on its initial promise

The premise of Dennis Batchelder's novel, "Soul Identity," is captivating: What if some physical trait allowed you to trace your soul through time? What if you could build a storehouse of wealth and accumulated knowledge that each of your physical incarnations could access and build upon? The premise contains such tantalizing possibilities from a spiritual perspective. Unfortunately, Batchelder fails to deliver the depth a
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Moon
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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
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Melissa
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Soul Identity is a good quick read. But that in of itself does not make a book good. Thankfully this book took it one step above.

It takes its readers into a journey and discovery into their own beliefs. Is it possible to get your souls history and future? And if so, is it moral to find out and try to manipulate it?

Every reader can relate to the topic in the book as we have each wondered what happens to our souls once we die, or if we even have one. It was interesting to read how each character
...more
Emilyhasmetal
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book on Kobo a few months ago. The very first thing I thought was "oh man, that's some cool cover" and it really is. As I started reading it, I was hooked with the main character, Scott. His random, smart and fresh personality made this book an extremely enjoyable reading. The storyline and the main point is amazing. A company that believes soul lines can be tracked and could use the need of a bank? Brilliant! However, as the book went by, it came to certain points where the descripti ...more
Debra
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi, suspense, and mystery readers
Security systems consultant, Scott Waverly, has been offered a new assignment. The thing is, he's not sure he wants to work with a bunch of nuts who belong to a twenty-six-hundred-year-old secret society that tracks souls from generation to generation. He doesn't believe that souls move from body or that they can be located and identified through eye scans years--even centuries--later. When executive overseer Archibald Morgan invites him to examine the science, however, Scott has to admit he's i ...more
William Bentrim
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder

A computer consultant becomes involved with a cult promoting immortality but is it?

Scott Waverly is a security consultant with a focus on computers. He is asked to help Soul Identity to plug security holes. Scott’s assumptions regarding the soul and Soul Identity change as he becomes embroiled in an investigation that is beyond his norm.

Having been and possibly still am a computer geek, I enjoyed the Scott Waverly character. His skeptical nature was very famili
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Robert Colquhoun
I came across this book when going through the free Kobo books available on my new Playbook and I'm certainly please I did. It was quite good and I would probably give it 3.5 stars if the option were available.
Certainly an interesting concept with some good twists, suspense, humour and a not overly sickening love affair (I say this because I have read some books recently that were utterly ruined by the overpowering incorporation of love affairs that really had nothing to do with the plot).
The ch
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Nita Garcia
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Slow start. At first I thought sheesh , how am I gonna get through this book, and just as I had that thought I got to the good part. It was a great concept , but could have had been better. Not a book I'd revisit but just interesting enough that I had to get the second book.

Private security agent hired to find out who is stealing from an ultra secret soul identification agency. The Agency has agents all over the world, they link people to their past lives by way of one's irises. Before you die,
...more
Tracy
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2011
After I first purchased my ereader, I decided to see what kind of free books were out there. I found this one at the kobo bookstore and thought it sounded like a good one. There really is not much to say about this one. While the story line was something different, the execution fell short. I felt there should have been some major editing done to this book. I am not a writer, publisher or editor, but I am a reader and this one just felt very choppy. The beginning of the book had a good flow and ...more
Mike
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride!

Soul Identity is an unusual and exciting twist on the current iris identification programs. Mix in some mythology, history and compelling characters and the book just takes off. This is one of those books that you just can't put down until its finished. I was unable to predict the many twists and turns the plot took. Dennis did a fine job making you love or hate the characters. I gave this book 5 stars because it was well written, the characters were well developed and interesti
...more
kim
I read this on my iPhone using the Barnes and Noble app. It was one of the 'free book' offerings. The first think I have to say is it convinced me that reading on my iPhone is not only possible, but I like it! I have to say though, that the fact that is was 'free' is what convinced me to try it. It is not a book I would have normally been drawn to on a shelf, and the 'teaser' would not normally convince me to try it. A story about a group that manages your banked assets until your 'soul match' a ...more
Tara
Dec 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Another free book. I can't help but think that you get what you pay for...

The plot lacked complexity. The characters were boring and many times the character descriptions (especially in India) were simple and stereo-typical, bordering on ignorant and offensive.

The one thing it had going for it was the concept - reincarnation, soul-tracking, religion/cult, etc. I almost didn't read the whole thing but there was just enough mystery to keep me around for the ending.

The author provides waaayyy too
...more
Amanda
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm about half-way through this book and I'm torn...I just can't decide whether or not to keep going. The premise of the book is fascinating. The first quarter was really good. But from 25% to 45%, it's all I could do to stay awake. Lots of exceedingly boring background info about the company that even the main character couldn't care less about. If you can't make your character care, why on earth am I supposed to?

Also, I agree with the review that said it was the subject of an adult book, but t
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Dianne
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scott Waverly is a computer geek who finds and fixes security issues for his clients. He is contacted by the company Soul Identity. They have developed a system of tracking and identifying souls through time and claim to be able to return all of one's wealth, memories, life experiences and any other valuables to the next reincarnation of you.

Of course, someone is abusing this capability for their own purposes and stealing clients. Scott and a group of other computer geniuses must stop them at al
...more
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