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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0441010938
  • ASIN: B000C4SSIA
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,610,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Altman, co-creator of the theme anthology The Touch, a well-received charity venture that allowed contributors to riff on the imaginary Sensory Deprivation Syndrome (communicated through skin contact with a "Depriver"), has taken SDS and built a two-part novel around it, but its effects pale beside similar comic-book antihero fare such as the popular X-Men films or The X-Files. In part one, Cassandra, Queen of the Depriver underground, recruits Robert Luxley, a Depriver assassin whose touch causes 15 minutes of paralysis, to help retrieve her brother Nicholas from the clutches of the ambiguously evil Mr. Deveraux. With the help of Sparrow, a mystically inclined Lakota Indian, Robert learns how to recognize other Deprivers by their auras. Unfortunately, the action quickly bogs down as various characters discuss ethical options instead of wholeheartedly battling the factions that would use SDS for their own nefarious ends. In part two, Alex Crowley, a normal man who loved his Depriver wife and now wants revenge for her murder, turns to Sparrow's Indian mentor for help. The better parts of the novel focus on Alex's vision quest. After he becomes a secret agent, he has to fight his conscience more than he fights the bad guys. This book succeeds neither in creating archetypal comic-book antiheroes nor in humanizing the characters enough to give them three-dimensional depths.
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From Booklist

Altman's paranoid thriller plays on the same fear of the unknown that countless others have exploited over the years. The "deprivers," victims of Sensory Deprivation Syndrome, have the capability of depriving others of a variety of things, and they cause everything from blindness to deafness to paralysis. Robert Luxley has forged a career as an assassin out of his ability to paralyze, and then he discovers other deprivers. After they and their capabilities becomes common knowledge, there is an outcry for their mandatory registration and limiting their rights because they are dangers to society. The story follows first Luxley's and then groups of deprivers' struggles for understanding and equality, turning later to agent Crowley of the Ministry, a top-secret organization that has a reactionary attitude toward deprivers. Crowley, married to a depriver but not one himself, tries to temper the damage deprivers do. In the end, a not-entirely-surprising potential solution of the depriver problem is achieved, and several ends are left tantalizingly loose. Regina Schroeder
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James L. Woolridge VINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Steven-Elliot Altman can never decide what direction the book should go. So we get sci-fi, social statements, intrigue, and on and on and repeat. I started the book and thought, oh, so cool, but that was replaced as I continued with oh, here we go. Way too confusing. The authur can write but the message in this one isn't consistant.
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By Robert Powell on October 11, 2013
Format: MP3 CD
This is the single most vapid, useless and moronic book I may have ever read. I had to read it for work and threatened to quit if I had to read it beyond 40 pages. I can't honestly believe people think there is potential in this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. O'Rourke on March 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is classic X-Men, you just need to substitute the word "Depriver" for "Mutant." Actually, the mutation is that in near future some people will develop the ability to deprive other of particular senses (sight, taste, balance) by touch. Once the government finds out about it, they want to pass registration acts and require deprivers to wear gloves. Like I said, its X-Men Revisted.
In part two of the book, a "normal" who married a depriver is on a quest to find out who killed his wife. Again, this strikes me as straight out of the Fugitive.
The derivative nature of this book notwithstanding, it's not a bad read. The pace moves quickly and some of the characters are moderately interesting. Makes a good book to read on a plane.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Andrew Heidel on December 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Steven-Elliot Altman's Deprivers is as frightening as the Hot Zone and reminiscent of the Aids scare of the 80's. Told through compelling characters it seems like it could be true, or right around the next corner.
Be careful who you touch. You'll get more than cooties.
Highly Recommended!
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