Dennis Batchelder

Dennis Batchelder
One of the world's experts at fighting cybercriminals and the co-founder of a growing internet safety company, Dennis Batchelder started writing novels with a 2006 New Year's resolution, vowing he wouldn't return from his 2-year overseas posting to India without a first draft in hand. Oversight is his fourth novel-following his best-selling Soul Identity series-and his debut for young adults. Dennis lives in West Seattle with his wife, his mother-in-law, and his three youngest sons. He writes both on-scene and back home at his desk overlooking the Puget Sound.

Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0979805660

Seventeen-year-old Zelly is a self-proclaimed computer geek growing up in present-day Seattle. She's also one of the last three reincarnated leaders of Soul Identity, an ancient organization that promises to pass people's fortunes and memories to their future selves. Along with her two closest friends, she'll ascend to power when she turns nineteen...if she lives that long.

Zelly suspects her friend Ying is trying to kill her. Her fears escalate when they both get their hands on a vike portal, a new technology that lets them vividly see, feel, hear, touch, and smell what happened in their past lives. To her dismay, Zelly realizes that Ying is the reincarnation of a power-hungry leader, and their rivalry has played out for centuries.

In a page turning thrilling ride, Zelly scrambles to outwit her friend and rival. She thinks the vike technology will help her predict her future, which she believes is preordained by the past. Each trip to her past life brings Zelly wisdom, but what she uncovers from her shared history with Ying threatens to upend everything she knows about friendship... and her very soul.

“... an intricate, well-conceived metaphysical thriller... a tale that's told with intelligence, paranoid suspense, and a few good messages about trust, friendship, and holding on to one's values.”
Kirkus Reviews
“A dramatic tale of past lives, dark treachery, and the true nature of good and evil, Oversight by Dennis Batchelder is a stunning work of YA science fiction.”
The Independent Review of Books
“YA sci fi fans should flock to this ingenious tale of reincarnated teenagers vying for control of their world.”
“Oversight should appeal to both young readers and adults with its refreshing burst of emotional complexity and a riveting plot centered on our existential battle with destiny, where art, science, theory, fact, morality, and justice blur together in a character-driven spree of imaginative YA writing.”
- The Independent Review of Books
“... a wild ride full of action and suspense...”
- Booklife Reviews, Editors Pick
“Marked by continual intrigue and mystery, the fabulistic science fiction novel Oversight follows daring teenagers as they work to thwart a would-be tyrant.”
Foreword Reviews 4 Stars
“... fans of young adult novels will appreciate Oversight's original concept and find Zelly's courage inspiring.”
Blueink Review
“Batchelder has done what seems impossible in this day-and-age by creating a refreshing new world.”
Hollywood Book Review, Starred Review
“When it comes to fantasy worlds inhabited by fierce teenagers, the Oversight universe feels entirely fresh, and at times, even hopeful.”
“This is a fast-paced, action packed adventure that readers up for time-crossed, head spinning adventure will devour.”
Booklife Reviews, Editors Pick
“Dennis Batchelder's young adult science fiction thriller OVERSIGHT pulls out all the stops-time travel, reincarnation, a secret society that controls all the banks on the planet, a friend that could be a villain, or vice versa-in a page-turner narrated by a wry and resilient 17-year old orphan from Brazil who may or may not be tasked with saving the world.”
Indie Reader Starred Review
“... a present-day sci-fi thriller full of futuristic technology, time travel, and themes of life, death, legacy and reincarnation...”
Booklife Reviews, Editors Pick
“Oversight is a much recommended YA sci-fi. There's adventure, action, and exciting technology.”
- Independent Book Review
“Oversight is an ambitious yet appealing blend of technology, intrigue, and emotional conflict, with some unique metaphysical twists.”
Author Stephen Cobb
“I am *obsessed* with this book. The idea is something completely new to me, and I am a sucker for anything about past lives and destinies. I'm excited for a potential sequel, and to read all of the older books!”
Netgalley 5 Star Review
“I can see many kids in my library enjoying the story.”
Netgalley Librarian
“... a really unique concept in the scifi genre.”
Netgalley 5 Star Review

Soul Identity
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0979805608
Soul Identity

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.

“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 thatabound throughout the book.”
Clarion reviews

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

Soul Intent
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0979805622
Soul Intent


In 1946, soon-to-be-executed Nazi General Hermann Goering asks young Soul Identity overseer Archibald Morgan to take his looted gold and deposit it in a soul line collection, there to await his soul's rebirth.


Flora, a seventeen-year-old Gypsy girl whose father died in the Dachau concentration camp, is sure that Goering stole the gold. She struggles to persuade Morgan to reject the Nazi's deposit, but Morgan prevails.


Sixty-four years have passed. A repentant Morgan opens Goering's collection and discovers the gold is gone. In its place lies a cryptic journal. Morgan asks security expert Scott Waverly to find the thief and recover the gold.


Scott must race through Europe to uncover the elusive secrets of what really happened in Nuremberg... secrets that threaten to reopen old wounds, settle old scores, and lead to the gold's-and his own soul's-recovery.

“Here is another author you will wonder why you missed until now.”

“Mr. Batchelder has accomplished something rare in the world of books: The second book in his series is better than the first”
Red Adept Kindle Book Review Blog

“A great premise, interwoven with a complex plot that makes for an exciting adventure tale”
Clarion Reviews

Soul Integrity
Paperback: 270 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0979805646
Soul Integrity

An ambitious Soul Identity story that will challenge your views on faith, courage, and conviction.

1980: Claudia Famosa is a Cuban revolutionary and exile living in Florida, mourning her lost husband. Xinya Xia lives in Manhattan, and has spent a lifetime perfecting her soul line formulas so she can someday find the twin brother from whom she was separated at birth. Her crooked business partner claims that Claudia can use Xinya's formulas to reunite with her husband's incarnation in her own next life, but only if she's willing to sacrifice everything and die in Benares, India in two short months.

Present: Valentina Nikolskaya, the product of this extraordinary love story, has recently given up and divorced her pre-destined husband. Her ex-boyfriend Scott Waverly claims she has been duped, and asks for her help in finding Soul Identity's missing overseers. Thus begins Val's attempt to regain her own faith, and to discover the drama behind Claudia's and Xinya's actions.

Told from the perspective of three women determined to make a difference, Soul Integrity, the third book in the Soul Identity series, is a compulsively readable and emotionally immersive adventure of faith and courage through time and history.

“An explosive story of time travel, courage, and redemption. Those looking for a spiritual and emotional challenge will find much to savor here.”
Clarion Reviews

“A sometimes-thrilling, if occasionally odd, look at the convergence of the old, the new, and the fantastically high-tech.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Batchelder’s action-packed, readable tone alongside a courageous, relatable protagonist make this an enjoyable selection for fans of speculative fiction.”
Clarion Reviews