BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT: Provocateur by Charles D. Martin
by Charles D. Martin
Genre: Adult Fiction
This novel is about a strong, audacious woman and her encounters with powerful, alpha males. 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. In the novel we follow Nadia through three missions, each bigger and more dangerous. Along the way she has a brief encounter with romance. The missions are like “sting” operations; beginning with a target that is a prominent CEO of a large privately-held company based in Los Angeles; the second takes place in San Francisco at the time of the upcoming America’s Cup competition. In that episode her target is Roberto Bartolini, the super-rich, arrogant sponsor of the Italian racing team. In her third mission she goes up against a Russian oligarch in a mission that takes her into danger and to high life settings in the South of France and Porto Cervo on Sardinia.
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.
About the Author
Charles Martin grew up in a small Ohio town. His parents were poor and, working two jobs, he was able to put himself through college. He has been fortunate to enjoy a lot of success in life. He had a distinguished career in Venture Capital and Private Equity founding two highly successful investment firms that he managed during the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. Currently he runs a hedge fund, Mont Pelerin Capital, LLC and serves on the investment committees of prominent universities. Mr. Martin has extensive background in finance, technology and has travelled in the exotic locations featured in the novel. However, the novel itself is more about the intrigue of the stories and the alpha female that takes on dominant males and conquers them.
Mr. Martin lives, with his wife Twyla, in a coastal town south of Los Angeles, California.