Raptor Red

Raptor Red

4.6 44
by Robert T. Bakker

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A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers.  She is an intelligent killer...

So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read.  The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine.  Her name is Raptor Red,


A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers.  She is an intelligent killer...

So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read.  The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine.  Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female Raptor dinosaur.

Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells his story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his revolutionary theories in this exciting tale.  From a tragic loss to the fierce struggle for survival to a daring migration to the Pacific Ocean to escape a deadly new predator, Raptor Red combines fact an fiction to capture for the first time the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the most magnificent, enigmatic creatures ever to walk the face of the earth.

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"What the real Jurassic Park must have been like...exciting, bold and fun!" —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Narrated from the point of view of a dinosaur, paleontologist Bakker's novel is filled with facts and informed speculations regarding dinosaur life. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The dinosaur known as "raptor" first became well known through Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (Knopf, 1990). Revolutionary paleontologist Bakker (The Dinosaur Heresies, LJ 11/1/86), who consulted on the special effects for the film adaptation, has written a novel that might be subtitled "A Year in the Life of a Dinosaur," as he tells the story of Raptor Red, a giant carnivore of the Early Cretaceous period. Having lost her mate in a botched hunting attack, Red (so-named because of the red stripe on her snout distinguishing her from other raptor species) joins forces with her sister and her sister's three chicks to survive in a world of hostile natural forces. Bakker manages to mix scientific theoriessome of which are definitely on the cutting edgewith a rip-roaring narrative. Perhaps even more miraculously, he has created a sympathetic nonhuman heroine without anthropomorphizing her into a Disney character. This astonishing and successful novel will appeal to a wide audience and belongs in all fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/95.]Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Conn.
Bakker (Tate Museum, Casper, Wyo.), proponent of the warm-blooded dinosaur theory, tells of a clan of Utahraptors (1/2 ton, 25 ft.) from their perspectives & those of their cohorts at the dawn of the Cretaceous Age. Good writing; good story. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Random House Publishing Group
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4.16(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.69(d)
1080L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Raptor Red watches and thinks.

When she is feeling well fed and content and well loved, her mental powers are allowed to indulge themselves.  She can experiment.

She walks parallel to the shoreline, watching the waves carefully, focusing her eyes below the surface.  She keeps her distance from the average line where the waves break.

There!  She sees another huge shape cruising parallel to the shore.  She watches-and a giant head breaks surface.

She stands on tiptoes, trying to look as tall as possible.

She waits...   waits...   waits...

Here it comes!  she shouts to herself.  She flexes her knees and ankles. An immense dark torpedo comes right at her, plowing through the breakers.

Just as the head and front flippers begin to slide up the beach, Raptor Red turns and jumps four strides diagonally, upslope and to her right.

Whhhmmmpp!  The big kronosaur stops exactly on the spot where Raptor Red was standing a few seconds earlier.

Fssshhhh!  Foam and steam exit in two jets from the kronosaur's nostrils, just in front of the eyes.  The great sea-reptile pauses, then retreats awkwardly back to the water.

The male raptor is amazed.

What People are saying about this

James Gurney
Raptor Red is a masterpiece of dramatic writing....many writers have imagined the mezozoic world; Pakker lives and breathes it. He becomes a dinosaur, and allows us through his vivid prose to join him on the journey. After reading it I feel I have stepped into another creature's claws.
Arthur C. Clarke
A truly extraordinary book. I read it with complete fascination and feel like I've been on a one hundred and twenty million year virtual reality trip. That's the way it must have been back there at the dawn of intelligence.

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Raptor Red 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Brigit More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed that Raptor Red is the life story of a female raptor and is told from her point of view. Written by a paleontologist, you get a glimpse of what it must have been like to live in the Jurassic period and how Raptor Red had to struggle for survival after the death of her mate. There are wonderful descriptions of the terrain, weather, plant life and animal life. You get to glimpse how all of these creatures interacted with one another. And unlike other popular dinosaur books of the time, you see that raptors are not at the top of the food chain. They were highly intelligent and competent hunters who needed to be on guard for larger predators who might make a meal of them.
cwochoski More than 1 year ago
This book is a nonfiction book and its called Raptor Red by Robert Baker. This book takes place in the Jurassic time period. The major theme of the book is that it follows a female dinosaur her name is Red. This novel shows the point of view from the dinosaurs eyes. In my option i would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book.. I came across it in a libary when I was yonger.. checked it out.. and kept rereading it... and forgot to return it.. I ended up paying for the book. And I still lllloooovvveee it.. currently my daughter is reading my copy and she is 8 and in love with it as well. This is one of the best books i have read and wish there were more books like this one form the dinosaurs point of view.. awesome book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book at the library after reading Jurassic Park. Loved it!! Checked it out many more times. I have the book on tape. Wish it was out for ebooks cause I don't have a cassette tape player anymore.
pendon More than 1 year ago
I got the hardback when it was released and it instantly became one of my favorite go to reads for an enjoyable time away from the present day grind. I like to pretend to be invisible while watching Red and her life unfold. And we think we have a tough life. It is full of facts and what ifs and a wonderful way to lose myself in a another time.
obsessive_compulsive More than 1 year ago
I read this book back when I was in 6th grade-when it was first published. It is still one of my favorite books. Not only is it well written, but it is easy enough for a young-adult to read. It's like the Jurassic Park for youths. I'd highly recommend this, especially for a child that isn't into reading, but who loves dinosaurs.
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Soundwave More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I've bought this book, the family within just calls to me. I've actually learned a lot from it too. The main character is full of life and wonder about the world around her.
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I loved this book! Raptor Red captivates the reader with compelling prose and lush descriptions. Following the travails of a young female raptor, the novel offers theories on the evolution of dinosaurs and mammals, as well as other flora and fauna. The author offers incredible insight into the gradual formation of human traits such as self awareness, humor, family loyalty, religion, race, courage and individualism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a good book for a kid like me to do a book report. I had a fun time reading this book and doing the boook report on it. this book is all about adventure this book always kept me on my edge of my seat and i kept asking my self what is she going to do next. THIS WAS GREAT BOOK
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not a book I'd recommend for elementary school children, since there is a lot of violence and the occasional swearword, but this is still one of my favorite books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I extremely enjoyed the book. Not only the exeptionally great form of writing that is you seeing life in a Utahraptor's mind, but just the concept itself was unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I've always loved raptors ever since I saw Jurassic Park, and I was delighted to find that the library had it. I read it first out of all my books and I know I'll check it out a lot more over time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I read it 13 times before I returned it, and checked it out several more times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rapor Red is a very good book.The book is about Utah raptors.Raptor Red lost her mate hunting down other pray...he drowned in the deep mud.Raptor Red was very sad...but she was still ok because she still had her sister.Her sister died in a fight.Raptor Red was very sad.Just as she began to die,she let out a cry;another male Utah raptor responded.He helped Raptor Red;they became mates and had little Utah raptors.The author used very discriptive language.The story line was very interesting.Iwould recommend this book for everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was a little upset by the book it was an assignment in reading class to read raptor read. while reading in class we listened to the tape. i think the book would have been alot better if we didnt have to listen to the tape. the tape made you lose intrest. almost all of our class fell asleep during the book. it got alot better toward the end thought. i would say that if you were to read this book you would have to be mature. over all i would not recomend this book to any science fiction, mystery, or romance readers. your reader, lacey
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book! I love it! I want Robert to write a second one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its so overwhelming, it almost made me cry and how it was so real almost as if they were still alive.this book takes you on an outstanding adventure into utah and its almost like your riding on their backs as they travel.