August 10, 2012

Provocateur by Charles D. Martin Blog Tour

Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: Paperback August 2012 (avail in Kindle)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

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.

I remember it was Sydney Sheldon's Windmills of the Gods and Robert Ludlum's The Matarese Circle that got me into reading mystery thrillers and espionage. Well PROVOCATEUR by Charles D. Martin followed the tradition as it was both thrilling and sexy. Like Bond girl sexy complete with double crossing Russian femme fatales, carefully plotted cons, dangerous billionaires and millions of swindled dollars. Nadia Borodin is someone you'd rather put at arm's length than close to your heart. 
Nadia has a voracious intellectual appetite for challenge. It is like a demon that lives in her brain--in that beautiful mind--and it must be fed. She must see action that tests her limits. So, in a way, it is the game, not the reward, that motivates her.
Nadia was an orphan in who grew up in Bryansk, Russia. Though smart and educated, she still had a hard time being self sufficient due to the economic crisis. She found her escape by marrying into convenience than love, eventually it proved to be inconvenient because Nadia wanted more. Through her friend, Sarah, she signed up to be a mail-order-bride and found herself an American husband and eventually moved stateside to pursue her goals. But Nadia isn't the type who settles, soon after she came in contact with Olga, an ex-CIA agent who runs an agency where women are trained to seduce rich and powerful men and swindle them for money. Nadia was reluctant at first but once she got her sea legs, she discovered that she's a natural PROVOCATEUR.

Nadia is a fascinating anti-hero, she's dangerous, cunning and very crafty. I can't believe how she gets away with the cons she pulled throughout the novel or how stupid these men are, it made me half wish it were that easy to land a billionaire (because Cimmaron and I sure could use one to bankroll our book addiction for starters), show them some skin and deep cleavage and you got them wrapped around your little finger. Nadia makes seduction so easy like child's play and it's not even about deliverance but because she excelled in it. She's like a Bond girl, deceptively beautiful and definitely addictive. 
The secret to a persuasive untruth is to make it very close to a real truth.
I like PROVOCATEUR a lot, it's straightforward and definitely fast paced. CDMartin doesn't linger on the situations nor does he make it too complicated that we'll get lost on Nadia's numerous sting operations. My only qualm is I wanted more emotions from Nadia and the rest of the characters whether its remorse, satisfaction or guilt, I want to get into their psyche, I want to humanize them to add more dimensions to an already complex plot. Overall I recommend PROVOCATEUR to lovers of espionage and thrilling mysteries.

We are also giving away a signed paperback copy of Provocateur courtesy of JKS Communications and Charles D. Martin 
 open to US residents only. 
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Follow the Tour:

August 1
Review at Novel Opinion:

August 6 & 7
Interview and Guest Post at Jess Resides Here:

August 11
Review and Guest Post at Great Minds Think Aloud:

August 12
Guest Post at Cheryl’s Book Nook:

August 15
Review and Author Interview at Manhattan Reader:

August 22
Review and Guest Post at Books Devoured:

August 29
Review at Escape in Words:

August 31
Review at Bibliophilia, Please:

September 6
Review at Sweet Southern Home:

September 7
Interview at Working Writers and Bloggers:

September 13
Guest Post at Lovey Dovey Books:

September 19
Review at Literary Wonders:

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  1. I don't think I've read any espionage books in recent years, but I love when a story has some basis with Russia. It just seems like they should go hand in hand I suppose!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  2. Awesome review guys. This looks like a pretty good read. Nadia sounds like an interesting lead and this seems like fun. Although I am a little iffy about the emotional aspect of the characters, but I will give it a go. Thank you so much hon :)


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