Raptor Red

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1. The novel I read was "Raptor Red" by Robert T. Bakker. Published by
Simon &

Schuster, in 1995. Rapotor Red is a female raptor struggling to survive in a
kill or be

killed world on her own after losing her mate.

2. The setting changes all throughout the book as Raptor Red migrates
from one

place to another. In somesettings she is in thick rich mossy forests looking
for plump

Iguanadons to eat, to other desert like lands where the sun is so hot she
must sleep

through the midday and hunt late afternoon when the heat is bearable. Setting
is a very

important because the authour must reconstruct the crustacoius period setting
and all the

vegitation ,lust forests, muddy salt flats, sandy beaches, and dry temperate
valleys. These

settings are all very vital to the book because it creates the prehistoric
atmosphere and

brutal planet these giants once inhabited. One of the key elements to the
book to make it

more realistic is how the author describes in detail all the other animals
that Raptor Red

hunts and runs into in the book. The author puts great detail in how Raptor
Red stalks her

prey and kills her victims. Once you start reading this book and you see how

raptors once were you really can\'t decipher Raptor Red\'s thinking to a modern

human hunter.

3. This book follows the life of Raptor Red and all the troubles a raptor
would face

in it\'s life from good times to bad. The book starts off with Raptor Red
hunting an

Ultrasaurus with her mate. They carefully select the dinosaur they will
single out to kill.

They look for faults in their prey, like injuries, preoccupation with
someting elese,

stragglers who want to rest for a while, just about anything to help assure a
safe victory

without any injuries to themselves. Raptor Red and her mate single out an

who is preoccupied with trying to mate rather than pay any attention to the
fact that it

was being stalked by predators. Raptor Red and the mate kill the Ultrasaurus
on a mud

flat, and the Ultrasaurus falls on it\'s knees and dies. While Raptor Red and
her mate are

gorging on the larg animal her mate detects a scent of another kind of
smalled raptors in

the area that want some of the kill. Raptor Reds mate lets out a fierce roar
and a stomp to

scare away the smaller raptors. But when he stomped in the mud next to the
Ultrasaurus it

falls over in top of him, pinning him under the Ultrasaurus. The heavy
Ultrasaurus slowly

sinks deeper into the mud trapping Raptor Reds mate under it until her mate

slowly in the mud. Raptor Red is devistated and sits next to the Ultrasaurus
carcas her

mate is trapped under for 36 hours, until it sets into her she must accept
reality and move

on. Now Raptor Red must start a new life, and find more Utah Raptors like
herself so she

can join a new pack and have other Raptors to socialize with.

4. The first major event in Raptor Reds life was when her mate of five
years died

suddenly by a freak accident. " Raptor Red must now start over again, she
must go find

more raptors because raptors are socialable creatures who need affection and
to be with

others." The next major impact in Raptor Reds life is when Raptor Red finds
her sister

after searching for weeks for another raptor. Raptor Red has not seen her
sister for 5 years

and she is very excited to see her, and her sister has 3 baby raptors. "
Raptor Red wakes

the third week on her adventure to find other raptors she lifts her head
straight up into the

air and takes a deep breath. She recoginzes a scent, it\'s another raptor, a
more familiar

scent. It\'s her sisters distinct scent. One half of me Raptor Red thinks to
herself." The last

most significant thing in her life comes at the end of the book. Raptor Red\'s
sister dies of

an injury she received while trying to hunt a dinosaur they have never seen