Louis L’Amour’s Last of the Breed is a western set in the Siberian wilderness. Its hero contends, not with Indians, but with the Soviet army, KGB, and black marketeers who will sell anything or anyone for a price.
U.S. Air Force Major Joseph Makatozi, called Joe Mack by friends, has been picked up by the Soviets after the experimental aircraft he was testing over the Bering Sea failed.
He’s been taken to an isolated prison camp where kidnapped foreigner experts with technical know-how Russia wants are interrogated and killed.
Colonel Zamatev expects Joe will willingly reveal military secrets: Joe is an American Indian.
Russians know from American films that Indians hate the white men who stole their land.
With days of his capture, Joe pole-vaults over the prison fence and into the wild.
Joe spent his boyhood in the American wilderness, getting his food, clothes, and shelter from what he found there.
Zamatev’s city-reared soldiers are no match for Joe. However, Alekhim, a Siberian native tracker may be.
The adventure unfolds in an unfamiliar setting that in L’Amour’s hands become one its protagonists.
L’Amour’s characters don’t develop, but they don’t need to. L’Amour gives them sufficient depth that readers are carried away on the strength of the story line.
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Bantam Books. ©1986. 358 p.
1986 bestseller #8; my grade: B+
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