The chapter Prologue: The Bite of the Raptor describes a mysterious turn of events in a small coastal village in Costa Rica.


Doctor Roberta Carter of Bahía Anasco, Costa Rica, is disturbed by an unusual turn of events in her routine day: a fatally wounded worker who had been smashed by a backhoe from an American resort being built off the west coast. Yet, the wounds don't appear to be from an earth-mover-- no dirt in the wound, no crushed bone-- but more like shredded flesh, almost like an animal mauling. Before death, the victim mumbles "lo sa raptor". Carter looks up the word and finds it means "bird of prey".

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