Last of the Breed

Last of the Breed

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by Louis L'Amour, David Strathairn
     
 

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“For sheer adventure L’Amour is in top form.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L’Amour’s hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and

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“For sheer adventure L’Amour is in top form.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L’Amour’s hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier—and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers of L'Amour's Westerns and his recent medieval saga The Walking Drum will not be disappointed by this contemporary epic. Proving that he is above all a great raconteur, the prolific L'Amour sets his latest in Siberia where a downed American test pilot, Joseph ``Joe Mack'' Makatozi, has been taken after his capture by the Russians. Part Sioux, Joe Mack escapes prison only to face the seemingly impossible odds of getting across Siberia to the Bering Strait, where like his ancestors, he can cross into North America. Joe Mack is a classic American hero, thrown back into the wilderness and forced to rely on his wits and his ancestral skills to survive the deadly cold and elude his Soviet pursuers, including his nemesis, a Siberian tracker. L'Amour brings the same colorful realism to this sweeping adventure that has made his Westerns so beloved. 350,000 copy first printing; Literary Guild main selection. ( July)
Library Journal
Once again demonstrating his versatility, the prolific L'Amour has written a contemporary adventure novel set in the ``Wild East'' of Siberia. U.S. Air Force Major Joseph Makatozi``Joe Mack''is shot down by the Russians, who intend to wring secret information from him before executing him. The catch in their plans is that Rambo-like Joe Mack is part Sioux, part Cheyenne, and a nearly Olympic-caliber athlete. Still, it takes all his native skills and endurance to survive and overcome Soviet Colonel Arkady Zamatev and his Yakut henchman Alekhin as they track the American across the Siberian wilderness. L'Amour's latest novel will be requested in most public libraries. Literary Guild main selection. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307737540
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
475,481
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Louis L'Amour is the only American-born novelist in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He published ninety novels, thirty short-story collections, two works of nonfiction, a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 22, 1908
Date of Death:
June 10, 1988
Place of Birth:
Jamestown, North Dakota
Education:
Self-educated
Website:
http://www.louislamour.com/

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Last of the Breed 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 158 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time. An escape adventure that you can't put down and will want to read more than once. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories ever! Wore out one paperback - had to get another. Now I have it on NOOK.
TheBookwormRH More than 1 year ago
Captivating story about survival in the coldest place on earth. L'Amour keeps the story rolling along with twists and turns that are not so obvious to the reader. The story ends with the expectation of a Sequal.
honeyHF More than 1 year ago
This book is a little different from the western L'Amour, but just as exciting. I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. There was a lot of suspence and different plots and he tied them all together and the ending was very exciting. This is a must read for the Louis L'Amour fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many L"Amour books, but this one is completely different. It is not a western , but a somewhat current day story about an American Indian, and Soviet Russia. You absolutley cannot put this book down. I recommend it to all of my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read! Kept me interested from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books you will ever read from one of the best authors of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's my favorite book. I have read it about 30 times and I aam still not tired of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reread this book every year. I like adventure books and this is one of the best. I recommend you don't read it in the winter as it takes place in Siberia and you will be taken to the coldest inhabited place on earth. Great story you can reread and enjoy every time.
CarolLH More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite L'Amour book and have in my permanent library. I liked the character being in the present as an air force pilot; L'Amour does a great job of blending the new into the old. A thrilling story of espionage, escape and how things used to be. Just a touch of romance and enough history to give those of us in the present an idea of what it was like to live during this time period in Russia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago, and it is one of my all-time favorites - have two copies just in case one ever gets lost. I love the story - all of the characters, the intrigue, the mystery, the suspense. I did not want it to end. This is a fast-paced, easy read 'spy' mystery about courage, preserverance, and poetic justice for people who might not even enjoy the genre. The story is so well written and the descriptions (of people and places) so vivid, it is like watching a movie - still as fresh in my mind as when I first read the book so many years ago. Actually, I wish that they would make a movie of this book; I'm so there! I'm going to re-read it right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great book the last of the breed. I read in back in the late 1980's I wish there was a part 2 to it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I have read this book multiple times and still have trouble putting down. Wish there was a sequel to it. Love the story line of an air force pilot with the ability to live off the land and survive in siberia, it's almost a western story. Will read it again.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first read from this aurhor; I look forward to many more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don,t see how this book received 4 stars, Joe Mack was an American Indian, not a warrior. Lots of unneccesary conversations and for a Indian to say he has no bitterness towards the White man for stealing/killing his people because his people took it from other people is way out there. His escape is long and boring, hard to believe they would waste time going after a man for his knowledge of flying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read 2 or 3 books a week and even if i loved it, i never write a review! This time i had to!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there was a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written..great story..highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and is full of huge problems that Joe Mack must overcome, but it is not a book that I can recommend without saying that it's very impersonal. I could not care too much for any of the characters. This books is unlike any of Louis Lamour's other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That the name so put me off at the very start oh so many years ago could not pick uo a book without thinking romance nivel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovef it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting man-versus-the-world that you would expect from this author. That said, who would have expected that a prolific Western story writer could weave elequent tales of medieval Europe (i.e. The Walking Drum) or Soviet Siberia (this story)? I liked the villians in The Last Breed as much as I liked the protagonist, Joe Mack. The story is peppered with characters who Joe meets along the way. These supporting characters are interesting and realistic. Overall, very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago