Last of the Breed

Last of the Breed

by Louis L'Amour


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781850571254
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
Publication date: 01/28/1987

About the Author

Our foremost storyteller of the American West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and woman who settled the frontier. There are more than three hundred million copies of his books in print around the world.

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1908

Date of Death:

June 10, 1988

Place of Birth:

Jamestown, North Dakota



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Chapter 1

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Last of the Breed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 172 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.
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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 7 months ago
From start to finish it is spellbinding Loved reading this book for the 4th time
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started reading and could not put it down. Wonderful tale of an American prisoner who escaped thru Siberia in the midst of the Cold War.
toddspop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the last L'Amour books that would have been a great movie, mini-series,etc. Really captured the outdoor spirit with this.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rare modern-day L'Amour novel. An American pilot is forced down in Siberia, escapes from a Soviet prison camp, and shows his mettle in an cross-country escape from a Yakut tracker. Joe relies on the instincts and ancient skills of his Native American ancestors to survive this epic adventure.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The pacing and plot were excellent - in fact, I read the book in middle school, and it's stuck with me so long that I had to get another copy for re-read to see if it was as good as I remembered. However, the broadly generalized stereotyping made me uncomfortable at moments - between the "I'm a stoic indian, like my ancestors" and "I am a good Russian comrade, though I secretly root for the US to win the Cold War" it just felt so dated and icky to my admittedly modernized, PC sensibilities.
cstumbo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing's not that great, but the story is!
NightHawk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I agree with "cstumbo". Not the best written book by Louis L'Amour but an excellent story.
Helm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last of the Breed is the story of Joe Mack, an American pilot whose experimental aircraft is forced down in the 1980's Soviet Union. Escaping from a Siberian prison camp, he seeks to return home by following the path of his ancestors across the bearing sea to Alaska. The story is told well, with a surprisingly well-developed and balanced villain in Zamatev, a Soviet officer determined to recapture the protagonist. The book is a wonderful diversion that exemplifies the straight-forward writing style of Louis L'Amour. Reading this in the dead of winter allows the reader to more fully enjoy the well-crafted setting of the Siberian wilderness. It is a wonderful story that is well-told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read above love his work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book!