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Raptor Red [Paperback]

Robert T. Bakker
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Aug. 1 1996
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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Narrated from the point of view of a dinosaur, paleontologist Bakker's novel is filled with facts and informed speculations regarding dinosaur life.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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 theories?some of which are definitely on the cutting edge?with 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.
-?Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Conn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Raptor Red April 1 2004
Format:School & Library Binding
Raptor Red
Robert T. Baker
Clement Lim
This book is just amazing. When I first read it I was hooked on it the minute the first word started. Robert T. Baker describes every aspect of the Mesozoic Era through the eyes of a young Utahraptor who calls herself red. Every piece fits perfectly as Robert describes life of that time period and the Utahraptors impact on American dinosaur life. This book is also a great resource information as it tells how exactly the muscles, coordination, and strategy are all mixed into one big fight for food and survival. Nothing in the whole entire world can be better than that.
The story starts out as Robert T. Baker describes a hunt. Raptor Red looks out of a fern bush and surveys a pack of mating Astrodon with her mate. Soon enough they choose a young male who isn't paying attention. As soon as they're limbs twitch, their off to hunt. The male is alarmed but by then it's to late. The raptors have already slashed at their prey with extreme ferocity. No matter how many times he tries to escape them the raptors follow. Soon their most deadly claw kills their prey with the utmost quickness. However, after the feast a terrible thing happens. Raptor Red's mate sinks into some quicksand. Since raptors make excellent killers but poor diggers, she hopelessly watches as her mate for the last 5 year dies.
Raptor Red soon gets right back up on her feet after her shock dies down. During her search for a new mate however, she finds her sister's chicks and rushes off to go meet her. They soon find a plump female Iguanadon and rips her apart in a flurry of slashes and brings the carcass back for some lunch. One day after being thoroughly well fed she finds herself strangely attracted to some red flowers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your dry reference book June 16 2003
By C B
Raptor Red starts with the human discovery of her kind--the Utahraptor--in Utah fossil beds, and goes on to tell Bakker's imagined tale of how a year in the life of one of these amazing creatures may have been. I found the prose to be very believeable, with a lack of Disneyesque dialogue, but anthropomorphized thoughts in italics to express what may be running through the prehistoric creatures' minds as they did what they did. This technique leads the reader to a "dinosaurian" mindset, as if we really were seeing through a raptor's eyes.
The protagonist is a adult female called Raptor Red, who loses her new mate in a hunt turned tragic. As she struggles to suvive as a lone hunter, she finds her sister, and in the strong bonds of family helps her with her chicks, but the situation gets more complex when a male raptor starts courting Red. There are "friends," such as an old white pteranodon and a small early mammal; there are "foes," the competing hunters in the form of acrocanthosaurs and deinonychus; and there are even disasters to overcome, from floods to injury and disease and the conflict of instincts and interests in the raptor pack.
All in all, this work of fact-based fiction presents a view of dinosaurs as intelligent, adaptable, and capable of emotion, just as we see in wolves, lions, and zebras today. Highly reccommended to paleontology fans who want a break from the dry text of reference books; Raptor Red is a few parts imagination and a few parts fact based on what we know of dinosaurs and what we see in animals today, which makes for a very worthwhile experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raptor Red Aug. 8 2002
Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker is a compelling story about a Utahraptor and family. This is a companion book to Bakker's "The Dinosaur Heresies" and should be read in conjunction to each. This book elaborates on some of the theories that Bakker has proposed and works in educated conjecture as to how dinosaurs lived.
I say educated conjecture, this is not to be condescending, but how else can we invision life past with only the fossil record to tell a compelling tale. It takes vision, imagination and close observation of existing animals to draw conclusions about how life was in those times. Bakker has all of these traits and works his theory into this book and it seems to fit.
Imagine a dinosaur with intelligence approaching that of man, hard to believe, but it is very possible... yes, I know some will be offended by that statement, but as Bakker writes, it certainly could be possible. Taking Bakker's observations into account from the fossil record, it is most certainly plausible.
Raptor Red is a book about a Utahrapor and family close knit and keen hunters. The book goes on to tell about all of the other "Dramatis Personae" that were part of the fauna of that time and how each played a part in life, successful or unsuccessful, but a part they played, nevertheless. The zest for life is apparent in this book... the survival of the fittest. Interrelationships between the family members as they either defended or hunted all interplay in this book, giving the reader a picture of how life could have been.
Jurassic Park, the movie, would not have been possible without the keen observation of fossil remains by dedicated palentologists and their imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perspectives
This wonderful, jewel of a book takes the reader millions of years into the past. It is an exciting story of just how dinosaur life might have been. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Tommy Jeffers
5.0 out of 5 stars The dinosaur's perspective
Reading the dinosaur record is reading much conjecture and hypothesis. Although the theories are straightforward for the scientist and enthusiast, the average reader may have... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Jeffrey Leeper
3.0 out of 5 stars Raptor red
Raptor red is an okay book that starts out strong but in the middle it begans to gets undeseriable to read. The middle of the book is a part that you have to keep on reading. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Jonathan Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be a scientist
Bakker utilizes precise and thought-provoking details in order to show the reader a world which, until now, has only been hinted at through fossils. Read more
Published on March 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop reading it.
I enjoyed this book very much, mostly because I am interested in prehistoric life, and I believe this added a nice insight into what the possibilities were for a dinosaur to see,... Read more
Published on May 16 2002 by "depaul8084"
5.0 out of 5 stars A toothy tale
A toothy tale

Raptor Red By Robert T. Bakker is drama with a little bit of romance about the life of a female Utahraptor who lived 120,000,000 years ago named Raptor... Read more
Published on April 21 2002 by "r-j-m"
5.0 out of 5 stars Raptor Red - True Story
Raptor Red is not fiction. This is something I feel many readers miss. R. T. Bakker is probably the best known modern paleontologist; he pioneered much of the views we have about... Read more
Published on March 21 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion...
One day, I was checking in my room. I saw a thick book called, Raptor Red. It looked like a fun, exciting book so I started to read it. Read more
Published on March 6 2002 by "loocsiksm"
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal Channel, 100 Million BC
This book was a lot of fun. It reads like a TV show with the narrator telling you about animals' behavior and life histories as you "watch" them take down prey, court a... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS INTOXICATING
Published on Feb. 14 2002 by A real street skater
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