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The Last Canadian

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Main characters survives multiple nuclear attacks from Soviets who have wiped-out the population of the Americas with a designer plague.

The action then follows one man as he gets his wife and two sons to the upper northern wilds of Quebec. Once they arrive there and learn of the utter devastation of the rest of the continent you think the story will follow the somewhat sta...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 1974 by pocket book
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Raegan Butcher
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...more
rabbitprincess
Sep 12, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like post-apocalyptic Canada
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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...more
Grady Hendrix
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
Peter
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
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.
Steve
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
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.
Jennifer
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.

Nancy Adams
Wish I could find a copy for my husband to read!
Joe Stamber
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
Carolyn
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...more
Pauline


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
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.
Katherine
Pretty good but the title is confusing. The main character is neither Canadian nor the last.
Tobey
Read this one many years ago and totally loved it. It helps that he was Canadian.
Kevin Gallan
one of the best end of the world books i have read
John Holdsworth
One of the best post-apocalypse books I have read.
Angela Howard
My edition is titled "Death Wind".
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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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