Riddle of the Raptors

Author: Steve Cole
Starring: Toby Longworth
BBC Audio
RRP: 5.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 405 67722 6
ISBN-10: 1 40567 722 8
Available 02 April 2007

Many people believe that the dinosaurs were big, stupid, lumbering reptiles who were wiped out millions of years ago when a massive meteor hit the Earth. They couldn't be more wrong. Dinosaurs had small brains, but they used them well - and when they saw the big lump of space rock coming, they escaped in huge, dung-powered spaceships before it hit. They went on evolving, and now both plant-eaters and meat-eaters have built massive empires way out in space in the Jurassic Quadrant...

Riddle of the Raptors is the first of Steve Cole's Astrosaurs book to be given the audio book treatment by the BBC.

While the dinosaurs continue to live on in outer space, the carnivores are never happy unless they're causing trouble - that's why the Dinosaur Space Service needs heroic herbivores to defend the Vegetarian Sector. Step forward, Captain Teggs Stegosaur, captain of the amazing spaceship DSS Sauropod. He goes on dangerous missions and fights evil - along with his faithful crew, Arx the Triceratops, Iggy the Iguanodon and Gipsy the Hadrosaur.

When a greedy gang of meat-eating raptors raid the Sauropod and kidnap two top athletes, Teggs and his crew race to the rescue. But there's more to the raptors' plot than meets the eye. Can Teggs solve their rascally riddle in time?

Read by Toby Longworth, who Big Finish fans will recognise for his work on numerous audio plays - most notably as Judge Dredd in the company's 2000AD series of audio dramas, this audio book will find a welcome home in any child's CD collection. Longworth has an impressive vocal range and manages to give a great, enthusiastic reading.

Pete Boomer

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