Last of The Breed is one of Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures that had not been published in Louis’ lifetime. It was brought to life by his son, Beau and I thought he did a great job.
As a young man I read scores of L’Amour’s old western books and never read one that I did not like. I have been on a western kick lately and jumped at the chance to read “Last of The Breed.”
At first, I was confused. Frankly, I thought this was going to be one of his traditional westerns and was surprised that it was not. Nevertheless, I was hooked within minutes and had a difficult time putting it down. I finally finished it about 2 a.m. this morning.
This is a tale about an U. S. Airforce test pilot, Major Joseph Makatozi who was also a Sioux Indian who grew up in wilderness. The story begins in Russia where “Joe Mack” finds himself a prisoner somewhere in Siberia captured because of his experience flying top secret airplanes for which his captures wanted to extract information from him.
The Antagonist was Colonel Arkady Zamatev, a rising soviet star. Upon the first meeting between the Colonel and Joe Mack, Arkady was annoyed by the extreme calmness of his composed and confident prisoner. Seated in the room was Yakut native, Alekhin, a legendary tracker who was familiar with every square foot of Siberia. No prisoner had ever escape Alekhin.
With the help of a fellow prisoner who provided a distraction for the Major, Joe escapes the prison in the night and heads for the wilderness where he makes some friends via his hunting skills. Afraid he would put those people in danger, Mack heads to the deep Siberian Wilderness as he is tracked by numerous soviets, mountain men, and the most skilled Yakut native, Alekhin.
Only Alekhin was in the same class as the athletically skilled survivalist, Joseph Makazoti. Both men vowed that only one of them would survive as Joe makes his way through the cold winter Siberian wilderness, quickly regressing into his ancestral native skills, living off the land, killing with bow and arrow he made and wearing self-made clothing from the fur and hide of animals he trapped.
The author provided a bird’s eye view of the impossible escape trek and tracked prisoner from beginning to end leaving the reader in awe throughout the spellbinding journey.