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Provocateur Hardcover – August 15, 2012

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chaney-Hall Publishing; First Edition edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985198400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985198404
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,009,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Martin grew up in a small Ohio town. His parents were poor, but by working two jobs, he was able to put himself through college. He has been fortunate to enjoy much 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 an extensive background in finance and technology, and has traveled to the exotic locations featured in the novel. However, the novel itself is more about the intrigue in the story 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Mills on September 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have never read anything in this genre and I was very surprised. The story is so clear-cut,the writing so precise, that the story engaged me immediately. Nadia, the main character, is a Russian mail order bride who comes to America and starts on her own ladder to success in every aspect of her life but in a most unusual way. Her achievements may have become a little over the top toward the end - her beauty, her intelligence, her work ethic - but I personally like to believe that there are people out there who are extremely gifted. And I would like to add that I have a small personal insight into this subject; my ex did, indeed, marry a Russian lady through the mail order process. Yeah. So I have a lot of sympathy for any woman in her position.
Mr. Martin has written a story that is so, in its own way, perfect, that I would love to know what was in his background to provoke it. I did put other stuff aside to read it. Compelling to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on March 8, 2013
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I've never given a bad review for a book before, but this was very hard to stomach. There was no depth to anything: the plot, the characters, the "exotic locations" which apparently the author has visited. The main character gave you zero reason to like her, let alone want her to win. Some of the choices she made were so backwards to what little character motivation you'd been given about her, it was ridiculous. The dialogue was robotic, redundant and boring. I would not recommend this book to anyone and was shocked to see its previous good reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. I can not wait for the sequel to this one. It was easy to follow, suspenseful, and engaging. I will look for more from this author..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By garden lady on September 24, 2012
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I truly enjoyed this. A perfect escape, quick read and placed in so many familar locals. Terrific entertainment!

Looking forward to the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By terri on September 22, 2012
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Enjoyable read! I especially liked the suspense during Nadia's assignments. Her character of high intelligence was so fascinating to read. Also, it was nice to read about a woman in control!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mls on September 21, 2012
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The book was an excellent read. It kept my interest from beginning to end. I was very taken by Nadia's story, and was kept on edge as she made her way through various adventures. I was especially impressed with the descriptions of the exotic locales !! I felt as if I was there !! The last page left me wanting to know more about what became of Nadia. I hope there is a sequel !!
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