This novel is about "girl power". In the "battle of the sexes", girls win.
Provocateur explores that aspect of the human experience that surrounds the age-old contest between men and women. It
is the story of Nadia, a young Russian woman who comes to America through a mail-order-bride program. She becomes employed in an enterprise operated by an ex-CIA agent named Olga, whose agency, through clever missions, extracts large amounts of money from wealthy men.
In her "assignments" Nadia must get the best of alpha males that are at the top of the male order.
Nadia, born an orphan, rises out of a life of poverty and despair,where she had no experience with affection, to face her struggles and take on the challenges of her "profession". She is a complex, enigmatic woman of superior intelligence who must "win" through her finesse and feminine prowess.
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About the Author
Charles Martin grew up in a poor family in Ohio. By working two jobs, he was able to put himself through college. He had a distinguished career in Venture Capital and Private Equity founding two highly successful investment firms that he managed during the 1980s and 1990s. He has travelled in the exotic locations featured in the novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Provocateur - a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like. Much of the beginning of this book was about how Nadia tried to go unnoticed and avoid conflict. So when this intelligent but troubled young lady finally stepped out from her world of doing what she needed to do to survive and entered one that would make her financially independent I totally understood how she could become an agitator because the author brilliantly developed her as a character that I could relate to. As Nadia entered this new chapter in her life and her roommate, Alexandra was telling her what to expect and offering guidance the flow of the book seemed to stall and feel a bit forced. But as she went on her first mission the books flow returned and continued as the author brought her schemes to life and presented how each of the characters reacted. Emotions that felt real and appropriate. I appreciated the intellectual elements of the schemes just as much as Nadia enjoyed the intellectual challenge. Although the author seemed to drift and ramble a bit at times, overall this is a decent read with an intriguing storyline.
This is a story about a girl that is raised without love and yet has a mind more powerful than even Einstein. She is raised in Russia and to get out of the poverty around her agrees to a marriage with an American. She is then lead to a life full of challenge and intrique. What I liked about this books was that it was full of history of real places so that you can see yourself there. It also had a plot that kept me hooked as to what was going to happen next and how did this fit in with that concept. It als left you hanging at the end as to "Will there be a sequel?" I also liked that it had pictures of the places she was at and the wake of a great yacht. What I did not like about it was that although there was no explicit or graphic sex scenes,there was sensual ones. There also was pictures of things some consider "Art" of which these were of naked women. As you know I rate things not as stars, but with this rating. #1 Keep- these I keep to read over and over #2 Share and tell- Buy one copy to keep and one or more copies to share telling others about it. #3 Donation- These are great reads for a one time read for me. #4 Chuckers/ Fire starters- These are books that I either could not get into or they were written poorly. These then become great fire starters For me this is a 2-3 which means that I will tell others about it. If there is a sequel I may read it again. If not then I am good with the one reading.
Provocateur follows a young Russian woman as she rises from poverty to a rich life filled with excitement and adventure. Charles D. Martin introduces, Nadia, a strong woman with a lot to learn about life, love, and the battle of sexes. When Nadia becomes employed under Olga, a former CIA agent, her intelligence and feminine wiles are put to use. Though as an agent her skills are not used for the greater good of the world, but rather used to con rich and affluent men out of large sums of money, Nadia's assignments are still entertaining and the perfect backdrop to showcase the power women are able to achieve over men. Martin's writing style vividly takes readers around the world while extensively detailing Nadia's missions. Amazingly, Provocateur stays focused through scenes that drag with excessive background information. The story being written in third person perspective allows insight into the minds of the men Nadia is assigned to seduce. Their reactions range from suspicious to awed at Nadia's expertise and prowess. It will be hard to not become intrigued with Nadia and her life that drastically changes from solemn to hopeful. Provocateur proves to be a universal novel with appeal for any reader! Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books *eGalley provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*