Raptor Red

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Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

As this story begins, a fierce fight pitting a female raptor and her mate against a giant astrodon sets the stage for a gripping odyssey related from a dinosaur's point-of-view. With Raptor Red's mate killed in the attack, she embarks on a year-long test of survival. Traffic-stopping hologram cover!

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
Booknews
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553575613
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 234,227
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    A day in the life...of a dinosaur

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    I love this book.. I came across it in a libary when I was yonge

    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...

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    For middle school/early high school aged readers

    I have to say, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but came away disappointed. Yes, the novel did focus adequately on dinosaurs, but the entire novel was driven by a Selfish Gene-esque preoccupation with genetic predetermination of life, which in the format of a novel quickly becomes repetitive and dull. I believe I would have enjoyed the book mcre had I read it at an earlier age. If you're looking for a quality dinosaur book, Crichton is the way to go.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Found this book at the library after reading Jurassic Park. Love

    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.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    I got the hardback when it was released and it instantly became

    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.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Intelligently written, yet easy enough for a youth to understand.

    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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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Fun and Exciting!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    A fascinating journey into paleontology

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2006

    this is a great read book

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    a reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    An absolutely wonderful book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Two thumbs up and Five Stars!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Green Spartan 117

    This was a great book! I read it 13 times before I returned it, and checked it out several more times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Raptor Red

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    i give it 3 stars

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    Raptor Red RULES!!!!

    This is my favorite book! I love it! I want Robert to write a second one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    raptor red, the fighter.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2002

    this book is poop

    my science teacher made me read this POS book. it was bad like poop

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    by far, one of my favorite books

    I'm 15 years old , and know a lot about dinosaurs, and Bakker is my favorite paleontologist. This book is so well written and expresses Bakkers great knowledge of the subject. I practicly cried towords the end. it explaines the suspected behavior and anatomy of N.Am. dinos of the early Cretaceous in great detail, yet not so scientific that it for gets to have plot and story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2001

    GREAT BOOK!

    This book put predators into a new light for me. I always considered them cold and calculating. Perhaps they are. However this book gave me another 'light' in which to see the Raptor. It gives the reader an alternative way to view ANY predator but this one in particular. Great book. I would highly recommend it!

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