The book from the last post was "Last of the Breed" by Louis L'amour.
Louis "L'amour was a prolific writer of westerns and pulp fiction. He was a "formula writer". The stories were mostly along the same line, tough hardworking guy goes on an adventure, meets desirable female, romance or at least inexplicable feelings develop, man finishes the job he set out to do.
The stories weren't complex. Soul searching was at a minimum. In L'amour's world the good guys were good, the women were worth having and personal responsibility, honor and commitment were par for the course. His characters may have been predictable, but that predictability was American manhood at it's finest.
"Last of the Breed" was unique for L'amour in that the story took place in the 1980's. The protagonist is a 3/4 Sioux Indian who is employed as a major in the United States Air Force as a test pilot. As a young man Joe Mac was brought up partly as an Indian and partly as a white man. That ancient Sioux training becomes essential when the Soviets execute an elaborate plan to kidnap him in order to extract American military secrets.
Joe Mac manages an escape from a top secret military prison in Siberia only to face the hard Russian winter in the wilderness. The GRU and KGB search relentlessly for him, each eager to find him first. To complicate his escape effort, a Yakut tracker named Alekhin hunts him with a vengeance.
The final scene in the book is when the man who ordered his abduction, Col Arkady Zamatev, receives a package of a carefully tanned animal skin. Inside the skin is the scalp of the Yakut native Alekhin and a note:
THIS WAS ONCE A CUSTOM OF MY PEOPLE.
IN MY LIFETIME I SHALL TAKE TWO. THIS IS THE FIRST.
Louis L'amour never intended a sequel to the book. The abrupt ending was a literary device to impart the emotional impact of Joe Mack's return to his savage warrior heritage. None the less, L'amour fans still inquire about the sequel frequently enough that an explanation that there isn't one is included in the FAQ's on the official website.