Tips: Amazon’s best books of the month October 2012

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1. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .

Formats: KindleThe Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three), HardcoverThe Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) and AudiobookThe Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)

 

2. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States.

Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In addition, powerful elements of organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. In the midst of a 1963 …

Formats:KindleKilling Kennedy: The End of Camelot, HardcoverKilling Kennedy: The End of Camelot and AudiobookKilling Kennedy: The End of Camelot

 

3. Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically.

Alarmingly, the greatest income gap is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but within the wealthiest 1 percent of our nation–as the merely wealthy are left behind by the rapidly expanding fortunes of the new global super-rich.

Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at break-neck speed. What’s changed is …

Formats: KindlePlutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, HardcoverPlutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else and AudiobookPlutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

 

4. Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set by E L Jame

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating …

FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career …

FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all: love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, …

Formats: KindleFifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed, HardvocerFifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set and AudiobookFifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed

 

5. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.

Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of …

Format: KindleGone Girl: A Novel, HardcoverGone Girl: A Novel and AudiobookGone Girl: A Novel

 

6. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? …

Formats: KindleThe Casual Vacancy, HardcoverThe Casual Vacancy and AudiobookThe Casual Vacancy

 

7. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen

For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.

From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group–commonly known as SEAL Team Six– has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.

Formats: KindleNo Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, HardcoverNo Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden and AudiobookNo Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

 

8. The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers

“The war tried to kill us in the spring.” So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city.

Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from …

Format: KindleThe Yellow Birds: A Novel, HardcoverThe Yellow Birds: A Novel, PaperbackThe Yellow Birds: A Novel and AudiobookThe Yellow Birds: A Novel

 

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective…but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over a million copies in print, and inspired a major motion picture.

The perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas and new friends …

Formats: KindleThe Perks of Being a Wallflower, HardcoverThe Perks of Being a Wallflower and PaperbackThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

10. Hungry Girl to the Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook by Lisa Lillien

Go to the max with the most massive and complete Hungry Girl cookbook ever—650 recipes from the guru of guilt-free eating!

Consider this your HUNGRY GIRL BIBLE. In Hungry Girl to the Max!, Lisa Lillien has created a book that is a must-have for anyone who craves insanely delicious food without the high-calorie price tag!

HG classics like large-and-in-charge egg mugs, oversized oatmeal bowls, crock-pot recipes, comfort foods, foil-pack dishes, and fast-food swaps are …

Formats: KindleHungry Girl to the Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook and HardcoverHungry Girl to the Max!: The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook

 

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