Who are the protagonist and the antagonist?

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The book, The Last of the Breed, is a fictitious account of a Native American caught by Soviet officials in what seems to be a setting of the 1980s. Joe Mackatozi (Mack) is the protagonist of the story; the primary conflict exists as he attempts a daring escape from his captors in Siberia, using his Native American training to survive in the wilderness, off of the land. The man who leads the Soviets is Colonel Arkady Zamatev, who is the antagonist.

As Mack travels across the Siberian landscape, he is pursued by a group of Soviets, who do not know how to survive in the wild, and are mired down in bureaucratic ineptitude.  Mack is suited to this kind of escape because the skills he uses have been taught for hundreds of years, passed down from generation to generation, in the culture in which he was raised.

Mack is also helped by those he meets in his flight who consider the Soviets their enemies—especially those who have been victimized by them.

Anyone who has read Louis L'Amour novels in the past will recognize the same style he uses in his famous Westerns.


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