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Imagine never touching another human being...

Robert Luxley has a biological problem that he does not understand and cannot control: one touch from his bare skin and you're paralyzed for fifteen minutes. Lonely and isolated, he's turned his "special trick" into a lucrative career as an assassin. He thinks he's one of a kind - until one day he's confronted by a young girl na...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Ace Trade (first published 2003)
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Cathleen Ash
Robert Luxley is special - and deadly. He's turned a freak genetic oddity into a well-paying career. If he touches you? You're it. You're dead. You're paralyzed for 15 minutes and there is NOTHING you can do about it. Nothing you can do when he takes a syringe with an air bubble and shoots it into your arm, into your blood, creating an embolism - that kills. He thinks he's all that. He thinks he's IT. He thinks he can rule - until he meets Cassandra - and realizes....he's not the only one. Not t...more
In the not-to-distant future, people start developing a disease called SDS, Sensory Deprivation Syndrome. SDS carriers can take away your senses with a single touch. Some deprive you of vision, taste, sound, or other senses. Some deprive you temporarily—and some deprive you forever.

Robert is an SDS carrier who paralyzes with a touch. He works as an assassin, paralyzing people and killing them while they cannot move. But when Cassandra breaks into his apartment and tells him that there are others...more
A very good book, especially if you enjoy fantasy or science fiction, though I really believe this is a book that anyone would enjoy even if they are not into those genres. It is sort of along the lines of X-men in the way that there are people being born who have mutations in their DNA that allow them to "deprive" people of one of their senses if they touch their bare skin. Obviously these people are feared and are forced to go into hiding while they are just trying to live ordinary lives. The...more
Dec 21, 2011 Merredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: XMen fans
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars, sci-fi
Deprivers reminded me of XMen. Here are mutated people who have special powers. There is a senator who is against them, trying to make laws that will round them all up. There is one Depriver guy who is starting a Depriver rights movement, for deprivers, but against the normal people. There is one person who might hold the key to the cure. Very XMen-y. But i love Xmen so this was great. It's not a whole novel, it's more like a couple of smaller novels in one. When it switched over to a new charac...more
Cross between The Curse Workers Trilogy and X-Men. Skillfully written, very bifocal. Blurry characterization and even blurrier ending. Too many loose ends. Sad because I really would have liked this book. More comments (and spoilers) under the cut.

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"Christopher Lane adopts a low-key, somber tone, spicing his performance with skillful renditions of several regional and foreign accents. He shows equal mastery of Lakota, Brooklyn, and various Southern tongues in the U.S., and Russian, Dutch, and French accents abroad." � AudioFile

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Irish Kay Racoma
Having a "super-power", if we can call it that way, is good but not always.
Luxley had this ability to paralyze people only by a single touch. I believe in the impossible, that's why I think I become interested. As expected, this kind of persons were avoided by the public but hunted by the ones who want their service or power. Just like in movies.
Jackie Jameson
Dumb title, dumb book. Gave it a chance 'for 14 chapters and chucked it. I hate when a book is in first person voice then switches to another character first person without warning and you're reading along wondering, "who is this?"
The protagonists are unintentionally sociopaths, with little to no consideration of the feelings/reactions of those around them, and a concerning lack of emotional reaction to tragedy surrounding them.
Tim Koves
Feb 09, 2010 Tim Koves rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tim by: The author
Deprivers are individuals who can deprive touched individuals of senses. The time and deprived sense varies. Interesting science fiction book that deals with the social issue of prejudice.
I didn't think I was a big fan of science fiction but I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audiobook and stayed at work to finish the last cd. I would recommend this to anyone.
Interesting book I picked up on an aimless journey through the library. Glad I read it. Makes you question some of the decisions you would make if put into similar situations.
This was the most beautiful book I've read in a long time.
Loved. Buy it.
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