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The Last Canadian

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A 1970s Cold War apocalyptic story where Eugene Arnprior, an engineer living in Montreal, who after learning of a fast spreading airborne virus (released by the Soviets) in the American Rockies moves his wife and two sons to an isolated cabin in Northern Quebec. Arnipoor's family is wiped out when a virus carrier nears their camp - Arnipoor is immune but also carries the v ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 1974 by pocket book
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Raegan Butcher
May 02, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it liked it
This was originally published in 1974 and I wonder if Stephen King ever read it while he was preparing THE STAND because there are a lot of similarities. But then this novel has echoes of a lot of other stories and movies too.
In the first 50 pages the author kills off the populations of North and South America with a super virulent plague--and that is only the beginning! The action follows one man as he gets his wife and two sons to the upper northern wilds of Quebec...but the story doesn't sto
Nov 03, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like post-apocalyptic Canada
* * * 1/2

I'll try to be as general as possible but there may be some spoilers.

A sudden, extremely lethal plague strikes the southwestern United States. It's deadliest for those downwind of the carriers, and those who contract it die within an hour. Gene Arnprior, an engineer who lives in Montreal, suspects that these deaths could be the beginning of a continent-wide pandemic, so he packs up his wife and two sons and flies them all out to a camp they have visited before in northern Quebec. This i
Grady Hendrix
Feb 28, 2012 Grady Hendrix rated it liked it
The fiction debut of William C. Heine, editor of Ontario’s London Free Press, it came out in 1974 from Paperjacks “The Canadian Paperback company.” It’s an end-of-the-world novel that is essentially a maple-flavored version of Stephen King’s The Stand and it’s supposedly the basis for the Steven Seagal movie, The Patriot, even though they have almost nothing in common besides a super-plague. It is also a cause of great consternation among the few people who’ve read it because the main character ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Peter rated it liked it
An apocalyptic story: A fearfully fast virus is set loose in the American Rockies foothills. The protagonist, a soon-to-be-ex American in Montreal suspects the worst from initial reports and flees to the north woods of Quebec with his family; of course, some survive to carry the virus; they survive until a carrier happens by; only he survives of his family; he travels the now mostly dead cities of the east coast; he makes contact with a US destroyer off the coast of Florida; the contact is eaves ...more
Nancy Mcdonald
Aug 22, 2009 Nancy Mcdonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent survival story about a man and his family who flee to an isolated cabin in Northern Quebec to escape a virus that wipes out the entire population of North America. Lots of plot twists and interesting political background.... it was written in 1974 and reflects the world situation at that time.
Sep 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that this book is out of print. I have been trying to find a reasonably priced copy of this book everywhere so I could read it again in anticipation that I will enjoy it as much as I did in highschool.

Oct 13, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
A family man has advance warning of a looming apocalypse. With a few hours warning, he stockpiles and takes his family to Quebec. The isolation is stark and feels very real. With dramatic twists that really sink home, this book is a real haunt.
Linda Hopf
Feb 21, 2010 Linda Hopf rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, chilling
I read this years ago when I was about 19 before Steven King wrote the Stand. It scared the #$%^ out of me and made me worry forever about how I would save my family. I searched and searched second hand stores until I found a copy again.
Nancy Adams
Mar 09, 2014 Nancy Adams rated it it was amazing
Wish I could find a copy for my husband to read!
Jan 01, 2017 Jaye rated it really liked it

This book has been published with 3 different titles:
The Last Canadian
The Last American
Death Wind.
My copy is The Last American.
Andy Phillips
Jan 22, 2016 Andy Phillips rated it it was amazing
This novel was written during the cold war and shows it in places, but that doesn't spoil the story at all. It's well written and made me want to keep reading until the end.

An American living in Canada becomes worried about a mysterious plague that kills extremely quickly and is able to drift on the wind, and hence spread rapidly. He flies his wife and two sons to a remote camp and prepares to wait it out and avoid infection. The only beneficial aspect of the quickly lethal plague is that it can
Tom Schulte
Dec 06, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it liked it
Born out of the Cold War and in tune with modern lit/film that sees the world wiped out by mysterious plagues. Like the "The Last Man on Earth" TV series, the supposed last man finds other rather quickly. This quickly spirals from wary encounters to surviving multiple nuclear attacks from Soviets who seek to capitalize on having wiped-out the population of the Americas with a designer plague. Main character Eugene Arnprior, an American engineer living in Montreal only just having acquired Canadi ...more
Joe Stamber
Apr 08, 2012 Joe Stamber rated it it was ok
Shelves: paper, read-2014
The Last Canadian was published in the seventies but apart from technicalities could have been written in the fifties. The style is very quaint and in particular the depiction of women. It's a post apocalyptic book, of course, with the disaster in this case some sort of plague which may or may not have been caused accidentally. The writing is very disjointed, the scene changes from a guy in the backwoods of America to a meeting of the Politburo with no break apart from a paragraph, which I thoug ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Carolyn rated it really liked it
An interesting roller coaster ride of a read. Planes, boats, plague, survivalist skills,nuclear warheads, spies, secret laboratories,Soviet Subs,even a bit of sex for good measure, you name it, Heine crammed it in and everything comes full circle to the very last line.

Even though this was written in the early 70's,readers of today's popular novels like that of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code would most certainly enjoy this story. That said, Heine's character development and writing skills do outra
Feb 06, 2015 Monique rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Subdued and engaging story about a mysterious that takes over North and South America killing everyone except for a few infected people who recover and try to make a new life. Quite a plesant rean, very Canadian in approach and in its conclusion.
Goldencompass Ca
This was my first book on the subject of survival and what it will take. Always remember to have a destination. I find it interesting that my thoughts on this subject began so many years ago. Its something I am sure was directly related by my reading of this book.
Aug 17, 2012 Pauline rated it liked it

Could have been great, but rather disjointed. It started very good, but then I lost it because there was no flow. One minute you're reading about Russians, the next you're in Northern Quebec - without realizing how you got there. Also very technical at times.
Richard Piet
Oct 18, 2008 Richard Piet rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, canadian
I think Stephen King read this and got the idea for The Stand from it.

The book is fun because they talk about places I have visited in Canada.
Dec 19, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Great read. It was written during the cold war so some stuff seems outdated, but this book had me hooked after the first chapter.
Dec 07, 2015 Beverley rated it really liked it
I read this several times as a teen and plan to reread it again, one day. I remember it was a fascinating and scary book, as we were still in the shadow of the Cold War.
Jan 20, 2013 Honeybadger rated it really liked it
Brutal epic about the end of life in North America. I think the author had only a weak grasp of how viruses work and can be transmitted, but it still makes for a great read.
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William C. Heine left New Brunswick in 1939 to spend six years in the Canadian Army and RCAF. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1949, Joined the London Free Press as a reporter, spent a decade on the paper's business side, and for seventeen years was editor-in-chief. Active in international journalist organizations, he travelled widely in North America, including the Arctic, a ...more
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