Friday, March 23, 2012

Soul Identity

By: Dennis Batchelder

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.

Soul Identity turned out to be a real gem of a find. I have been on a kick of finding free eBooks on Amazon and Souls Identity happened to be one of them. Usually, the free books are either so old they are "classics", and therefore bland, or they are so poorly written that giving them away is the only way to boost 'sales' numbers. This book is, refreshingly, neither.

Batchelder puts a new and interesting twist on immortality by suggesting that a person's soul can come back to inhabit someone else after a person dies. It's not so much immortality as much as it is a lineage - but one that doesn't require a specific last name or gene pool. It is truly an interesting concept; that a person can have the same soul as, say, Albert Einstein, Confucius, King Tut, and the Biblical Adam, and not have it revolve around some sort of mysticism or religion is quite an accomplishment. I had no trouble suspending belief and buying into the premise.

I haven't read any of Batchelder's work before, but I intend to find more of his books as this one blew me away.

Soul Identity is a well paced, interesting story that had me swiping from page to page. I actually couldn't read it fast enough. Since the story sets itself up in an unconventional way for a sequel, I must now go and find Soul Intent.

Get this book! It's well worth the price of admission!

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