Follow this audacious young woman as she confronts powerful men in the intriguing high-life world of CEOs, yachting and cyber-crime.
“A first-rate thriller with something on its mind. Sexy, smart and topical.”
— David Ward, Academy Award winning screenwriter for "The Sting" and nominee for "Sleepless in Seattle"
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.
Who IS this sexy, mysterious woman who takes down wealthy, powerful men for the sport of it?
Nadia, born an orphan, rises out of a life of poverty and despair, where she had no experience with affection, to face the 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.
Q & A with Charles D. Martin
Q: For those who haven't read it yet, tell us a little about Provocateur and what inspired you to write the novel?
A: I am fascinated by strong, intelligent women. Provocateur is about the contest between an audacious woman and powerful men. It explores and celebrates the sources of a woman’s powers over men.
A “Nadia-like” incident occurred to a friend at the Pelican Hill Resort. It was somewhat similar to the first chapter, although I made the story a little more interesting. The character for Olga was inspired by the life story of a real operative in the British SOS, Nancy Wake, during WWII. A fascinating bio on her will be posted on our website.