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Undead Ultra

(Undead Ultra #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.

Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).

For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-s
Published April 7th 2016
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love to run. But....for 50 & being a bit of a chunky monkey, it's more of a jog/wog sort of thing. But I love to join in on local 5Ks and earn my t-shirt. Usually, I am the one in the very back of the pack just ahead of the strollers and elderly women walkers, just smiling and doing my thing. I don't care when I cross the finish line....if my time is under 50 minutes and I cross that finish line, I'm happy! :)

When I came across this series by Camille Picott, I immediately fell in lov
Carolyn F.
I learned way too much about ultramarathoners - all of the gory details. I can't imagine asking someone to wash my socks that they just wiped their ass on. They would go to the trash. I would even want to look at them. And why rub your feet with a balm then your breasts - wouldn't you do it in the opposite way. The story itself was good. I just can't imagine 2/3 of the people being sickos so quickly. But a lot of these zombie books are like that. ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies, 2016

Loved it!

I don't review many books five stars but I'd give this one six if I could.

I'm not a runner, but a friend introduced me to the concept of ultramarathons a few years ago and I admit to be a bit horrified and fascinated by the concept. I enjoy zombie books as well, so combining the two was such a novel idea, that I was super excited to read this one.
I devoured it. I seldom finish a book in under a week's time - not because I don't read quickly or a lot, but because I have a short at
Lan Chan
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never occurred to me until I read Undead Ultra that running away from zombies must be hell! Aside from the flesh eating part, I can barely run down the block without getting a cramp, so the premise of this one really grabbed me. Despite what television likes to tell us, we would all probably be zombie fodder if we weren't ultra runners!

I confess I didn't know a single thing about Ultra running until I read this novel and I'm not usually one to stay awake when technical stuff is described. But
You go out for a short 20 odd mile jog and the Zombie apocalypse happens, go figure!! I reckon if I went for a "short" jog then I'd be the Zombie when I cam back ;) Anyway, a 20 to 30 mile jog is nothing to best friends Kate and Frederico yet they don't realise that this fun run today is going to change their lives forever! On the way home from their run they stop to get something to eat, to replenish lost calories when Kate sees some missed calls from her son, she listens to the voice mail wher ...more
Laura Thomas
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve read plenty of zombie apocalypse stories with lots of different scenarios, but this is something new.

Kate and Frederico are Ultramarathon runners. That’s any race longer than a little over 26 miles, all on foot, no bikes or swimming.

Wouldn’t you know it. While out on a run, the apocalypse happens. Now Kate and Frederico must run all the way to where Kate’s son, Carter, is trapped at his college. That’s over 200 miles away.

You can imagine all of the snags they run into. Aside from the zombie
Iseult Murphy
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It’s the zombie apocalypse and cars attract the blind undead like bees to honey. They also tend to collapse after being driven a mile. The only safe way to travel is on foot.
Once I got on board with the crazy conceit - a mother decides to run 201 miles to be with her son - I really enjoyed this book. The details of ultrarunning are fascinating, and I loved how both Kate and Fredrico had flawed pasts, but worked to overcome their demons. They made for interesting characters and I enjo
Casia Courtier
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, this was supposed to be one of those awesome free copies without compensation for an honest review, but I accidentally deleted and emptied my trashcan before I could get the code and use it in Audible. That said, I was planning on buying it even if I didn't get the code. So, I bought the book. And OMG.

I LOVE this book.

The narrator is well chosen. Her voice used for the MC's son may be a bit nasally and sound like a kid despite him being past adolescence in some parts, but it wasn't a big dea
Erika Messer
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I started off not knowing what "Ultra" meant but quickly learned that it is about people who run what are called "Ultramarathons" which can be 35 miles or hundreds of miles. Something I had not heard of. So we meet Kate and Frederico, 2 running friends who both have older children. Kate's spouse Kyle has passed away and she is a single mom and her son Carter is now in college. Frederico's daughter Aleisha is working in a restaurant/bar. Upon a normal days run Kate begins to ge ...more
Christy Wilson
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A zombie apocalypse novel with a unique twist.

Widow Kate and her best friend Frederico are having their normal Saturday morning run. She and Frederico run marathons, as well as "ultramarathons" - those that are much longer than a standard marathon. Though she met Frederico through her deceased husband, this is something that the two friends share, especially now that her husband Kyle is gone.

As they sit down to eat breakfast after their run, they notice the strange behavior of some locals, as we
Jessica Figueroa
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Kate and Federico are ultra runners. Basically that means rather than just doing the 5k or marathons up to 26.2 they go for the runs that are like 100 miles or more, that'll end up leave them a bit looney if not done right. It was during a run that the zombie apocalypse occurs. Without a vehicle they do what they do best and Ultra run their way to their children. It's not going to be an easy journey, its going to be more then a hundred miles to get there, but these parents will do whatever means ...more
Victoria Haugen
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sheesh, can't even go out for a jog anymore without it being the end of the world! ;)

I applaud any ultra-runner. I'm not even an ultra-walker. Maybe ultra-crawling, but hey now that's just plain weird :-P
But they're going to need to haul A$$. Out for a run, jogging buddies Kate and Frederico find out the world has literally just gone to hell. And Kate's son needs her and is freaking 200 miles away!

As you might imagine, traffic is a total bitch and the only option is to RUN. Anyone can siphon s
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Greenfield
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readin2018
Wow, I read this in one sitting. I've grown so used to zombie/apocalypse novels being pretty terrible and I wasn't expecting much better from this one, but right away I got attached to the characters and was glued to the page. It was action non stop, but best of all, I know the area well and could visualize places I've been. That was really fun.
This book is easily one of the best apocalypse books I've ever read.
(Format : Audiobook )
"If I get eaten by a zombie in the next 30 minutes..."
Kate is a runner, both physically - she has taken part in numerous ultras (races longer than a marathon) in the past but not since the death of her husband - and psychologically, blaming herself for being weak, especially for not being there to prevent Kyle's death and for falling apart afterwards.
Her only son, Carter, is 200 miles away at college and Kate is running with her best friend and racing partner when several
Kim Lo
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Zombie apocalypse stories are a bit overused in the current landscape whether its books (or movies). However, Undead Ultra takes on a different take from the fast-paced style to taking the characters on an ultramarathon of over 200 miles for these two running best friends to rescue their kids from their different locations as they realize that cars attract too much attention and are dangerous to use in the current zombie apocalypse world that has o
Peter Andersson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A positive surprise of a zombie novel that holds its own all the way to the finish! :-)

Maybe not the best ever zombie novel I've read (Adam Baker's "Juggernaut" gets to hold that title for a while longer) but much better than I expected. Definitely good enough for me to go order part two now after having written this review.

Full disclosure: I'm a long distance runner myself and only bought this book for my back-up injury/sickday pile after having heard about it (and the author for the first time
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, just to get this out of the way -- I love, love, love, love, love, love this series. Did I say that I love this series? I'm a big fan of zombie tales, and this one is different, creative and fun to read! Or listen to, in this case....

I read this first book in the series a couple years it was time to start over at the beginning and re-read this series! This time...I listened to the audio book. I have grown to love audio books especially for horror or monster tales....there's just so
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, a2, a6
Kate knows that she's had her ups and downs as a mother. So when the zombie apocalypse breaks out while her son is at college, she's determined to make it to him. But with cars out of the question and his college two hundred miles away, how is she to get there?'s fortunate she's in training for an ultra marathon...

I love zombie fiction. I've read and watched a lot of them. This one has two very unique angles; Kate is a marathoner, and these zombies are blind, hunting by sound. Such a ti
Gemma Bray
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a weird mixture - extreme distance runners dealing with the zombie apocalypse - what's not to love!? What do you do when the undead want to kill you, the military has all the highways blocked, and your loved ones are 100+ miles away? You gather up supplies, and start running! I'm not a massive fan of running, I've tried it but it's not for me, but it really works as a genre.

Of course, the real reason I picked up this book was for the zombie apocalypse aspect, I am a big sucker for z
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Kate and Frederico cut short their planned run after a heinous start and decided to get muffins, they had no idea they were about to start the longest ultra-marathon of their lives in a race to stay alive - and save their children!

In many ways this was a story about distance running punctuated with zombie encounters, and monsters of other kinds. People who don't run often think of running as all being the same slough. One foot after the other. Miserable. Why do you do it? Why do you run? Es
Noelle Kelly
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good Zombie story as much as the next horror fan, but seeing a new take on the Zombie trope is always exciting. As someone who has never run for more than five minutes, I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book? Would I be able to identify with the characters? The answer is definitely yes.

Throughout Undead Ultra, I was with Kate and friend Federico on the race of their lives to get to their grown-up children in the middle of a Zombie apocalypse. Zombies are attracted to noise, so a
Jessica Bronder
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kate and Frederico enjoy ultra runs, those that could be 100 miles in a day. One day while out the zombie apocalypse happens. Kate is desperate to get to her son Carter who is at college 200 plus miles away. Frederico is worried about his daughter too. But the roads are full of military blockades and zombies. The quickest way is to run the back trails so off they go.

I love zombie books so I was instantly interested. Of course you never really think about running to get from point A to point B so

“Your car is totaled. With all the shit that’s going down, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. You want to find your son? Then we run.”

There is a passion to running that transcends beyond any form of exercise. Going the distance provides a sense relief, the finish line a source of consolation. If I were younger, I’d run marathons all over again.

Kate and her friend, Frederico, are ultramarathon runners living in Northern California. Both have suffered losses in life and struggled with their own p
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, ebooks
Actually a 3.5
Reading this, I didn't realize it was the first of a series, apparently there are another 3 books to be read.
It's obvious that the author is a marathon runner herself because probably half the book content is an overload of information about footwear, water bladders, bonking (which turns out to be something different from what I refer to as bonking, lol). Need to know what your feet will look like after tackling a long distance run - this is the book to tell you. What about how yo
Reginald Sigler
All praises to Camille Picott. Her ‘Undead Ultra’ series captures how individuals survive during an apocalypse. In this case blind zombies. I really liked the series because she has strong characters that make you care about them. Here the hook is the main characters in book one are ultra-runners. I didn’t know what that was prior to reading the book. Now that I know what that is and the people that do it are crazy. The main characters are Kate and her running buddy Frederico caught up in the mi ...more
Raya Whitehouse
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got a free audiobook code for audible. I had seen it in the passing and it was a new take on the zombie apocalypse scene that I knew I wanted to read it to see what happens in it, and I am very glad that I did so. I was not required to write a review for the code. Also I bought the ebook on a whim, to support the author and the great work they did writing this.

The book follows Kate as she runs to get to her son. Kate and her friend Frederico were ultrarunners but even this will test them to th
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate, aka Jackalope, and Frederico are ultra-runners; they relish torturing their bodies in foot races over twenty miles, hence ultra-races. A virus sets California on its ear turning people into zombie-like creatures. Kate’s son is at college and in danger 200 miles away! Transportation is out of the question due to the chaos. Kate and Frederico decide to run the 200 miles. This is really a story of strength and perseverance. You learn much about the characters and what makes them tick. The aut ...more
Shawn Stanley
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first few pages I was really wondering what I had gotten myself into. I half expected the rest of the book to be about dodging wine tasters. I was in for a surprise.

I’m not a runner. I learned this about myself in high school. But the pair of main characters in this story are ultramarathoners, which I knew nothing about. This story did a good job of pulling me into that world.

Finishing this book was no marathon for me. It turned out to be a real page turner, and now I’m looking
Candy Robosky
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novella is really a good metaphor for life. Niles is training for a 100 mile ultra, which I had never heard of before, when he stumbles across the beginning of the end. He must decide if he will help or just continue running for himself. I loved how even in his run for life he still appreciates the beauty around him. While ultra running is new to me I appreciated the little lessons included in the novella.
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