Bookends: Aug. 4, 1986

LAST OF THE BREED

by Louis L'Amour

Bantam; 358 pages; $17.95

Even John Wayne made a picture in modern dress every once in a while. Louis L'Amour, western man, has followed the Duke's example. In his 95th novel, Last of the Breed, he focuses on Joseph Makatozi, a major in the U.S. Air Force. But Joe is not quite the contemporary he seems. Sioux and Cheyenne blood flows in his arteries ("My people were warriors once"), and when his experimental aircraft is forced down over the Bering Sea, he becomes a Native American fugitive in a 20th century world, retracing the...

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