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Shall We Tell the President? (Kane & Abel #3)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  10,504 ratings  ·  309 reviews
After years of great sacrifice and deep personal tragedy, Florentyna Kane's has finally become the first woman president in America. But on the very day that she is sworn into office, powerful forces are already in motion to take her life.

The FBI investigates thousands of false threats every year. This time, a reliable source has tipped them off about an assassination atte
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Published December 30th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1977)
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This was a disappointing ending to this series. I was expecting a lot more after Kane and Abel and then The Prodigal Daughter. Florentyna is practically non-existent in this book as the story focuses around an attempt to assassinate her and what the secret service is trying to do to stop it. The book itself was pretty good and I think that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I hadn't been setup by the two previous books in the series. Overall a fun read though and I plan to read some more from ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This started out as Jeffrey Archer's second published novel, quite a few years ago, but has now been updated for more current politics. Try to find the original version, because it is vintage early Archer. In the original version, the novel begins just after Ed Kennedy is sworn in as president after Jimmy Carter. It was a rough time in American history, and Archer weaves the mood of the times into the story. The plot revolves around a junior FBI agent's investigation into an assassination attemp ...more
Sherry Fundin
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After years of great sacrifice and deep personal tragedy, Florentyna Kane’s has finally become the first woman president in America. But on the very day that she is sworn into office, powerful forces are already in motion to take her life.

The FBI investigates thousands of false threats every year. This time, a reliable source has tipped them off about an assassination attempt. One hour later, the informant and all but one of the investigating agents are dead. The lone surviv
A rookie agent has to stop the assassination of the President. So this book wasn't bad so much as ridiculous. It was written a long time ago about the future 43rd president, then updated and published again after there had been a real 43rd president. I really think I might have liked it had I read it in 1977 or something. But it was just surreal, and not in a good way, to read someone's vision of the 2000s. He got to first female president, but didn't quite think of the internet. So the hero is ...more
I bought this book on my kindle before I read the reviews on it. From what I now understand it was changed and updated from the original version of the hardback that was published in the 1970's. It has been a very long time since I read the first two books in this series "Kane and Abel" and "The Prodigal Daughter" but I was expecting this book to be more about the main character "the president" then it was. Although I liked the book and it was a quick read for me I was hoping to enjoy it more th ...more
This wasn’t my favourite Jeffrey Archer. I did enjoy it, but found it a bit hard to keep track of what was happening. This was possibly related to the fact that I was reading it in circumstances where I was somewhat distracted by scenery and other people, but I can think of other Archers that would require less concentration.

I did still enjoy it - I just had to relax a bit more and not try to keep tabs on what was happening exactly and go with the flow!!
I bought the book after I read a review which claimed this to be far better than "Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth. Well... I was terribly disappointed. The book was not even close to "The Eleventh Commandment" by the same author. The hero finds time to date his girlfriend even though he has to foil an assassination plot to kill the American President in matter of few days!
Great this story
Ankit Sah
Jeffrey Archer is an English author and a former Member of Parliament. His area of writing is thriller, drama. This novel has his fictional character Florentyna Kane, who has finally become the first female President of the United States of America, which has been extended from his novel “The Prodigal Daughter.”

After getting elected for the Oval Office powerful forces are dead set against her. The FBI receive thousands of false threats against the President every year but this time a tip from a
Jun 08, 2014 Naveen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Naveen by: Abhay Nair
I read a 2003 edition of the original. The author's note, clarifying the reset & reworked edition, makes one wonder whether one should have gone for the original 1977 edition! The book is easy to read and as someone suggested, the idea of investigating thru library cards & not using the internet etc., in the revised version doesn't make much sense.
The entire story evolves around a young agent Mark Andrews. The lack of depth in certain characters is quite evident and the revision of the e
'Shall We Tell The President' is something a bit different from Jeffrey Archer. Instead of his usual character-driven epics, we're treated to a lean, taut political thriller involving the potential assassination of US President Florentyna Kane.

First, a clarification: 'Shall We Tell The President' was Archer's second book, written before 'Kane And Abel' and 'The Prodigal Daughter'. However, he later updated it to incorporate the events of those two books, namely Florentyna becoming the first fem
My dad left this here for me, said he and my mom really enjoyed it. I tore through it pretty quickly, alternately entertained and underwhelmed. Nothing about the writing style hooked me; in fact, the way the viewpoint would change within paragraphs was very annoying. But it has been such a long time since I've picked up an easy-reading novel. It felt good to just sit back and be told a story again.

The characters were a bit unbelievable, there was almost nothing shown of the cardboard cutout pres
Dale Safford
Interesting that this novel about the American political scene was written by a politician who is BRITISH! It was interesting and moved quickly.

When a woman becomes President, on the day of her swearing-in a plot to kill her in 10 days is exposed. The informant is soon killed in the hospital, and everyone who heard him tell of the plan is also killed, except FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews. The assassination group thinks he was killed, however, so Andrews tries to do all that he can to prevent th
This was NOT what I expected. It is the third novel in the 'Kane and Abel' series by Jeffrey Archer. The first one was about the fathers, the second one was about the kids, and this one wasn't about any of them. So if you are okay with that, you will probably like this.

The fact that his was not about them, didn't bother me. I liked this. I loved the plot and as usual I loved the characters. This was also a short book, so it got to the point quickly. It was a nice change of pace since I had just
Karen Finch
Read the updated story. I think I would have liked the original version better.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Mr. Archer. I long time ago I read the previous books that featured the Kane family and although I don't remember much of them - that background information was not needed to read this light novel.

Although some of the reviews on this book called it a "thriller" - I'm not entirely sure that is the word that I would use. I guess to me, "thriller" usually means something unnatural. This book is not that type of story. It is more government intrigue and it is very
E.M. Kennedy, the new President of United States of America has just been sworn in. As a result of a fallout on a proposed legislation, a conspiracy plan is hatched to assassinate the President. A senator is involved as well. The killers are cold and precise.

The responsibility of tracking down the guilty, falls on the unsuspecting shoulders of the young FBI agent Marc Andrews after two of his colleagues are murdered. He has seven days to foil the plan.

The action flows swiftly. The writing style
I liked this book, not as much as the 2nd book in this series, but it was still enjoyable to read. I found it amazing that anyone wants to work in politics because it was making me tired just reading about everybody's duties in DC and how they all interplay with each other.

I was sad that the characters Florentyne and Edward weren't more prominant in this book. But, nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable read.
Carl Kleinebecker
So... This book was originally written back in 1977... And JA made Teddy Kennedy the POTUS... it was a kind if silly book not one of his best... It felt very sophomoric .... Then... JA did the unthinkable ... He re-edited the book to tie in as the book three for his Cain and Able series ... Now that was a really REALLY bad idea!
Kaustubh Kirti
To put it straightforward this is an amazing book that will race you through the steps of the Capitol and DC in a major plot to kill the President of the United States. What to look for in the book? Good story line. You would not like to put it down. IF started you would stop only when completed. What is bad about the book? You can do lot of guesswork. Some of the plots are predictable. However there is always fun in checking out whether what you predicted was correct!!!!You cannot ask Jeffery A ...more
Just ok - interesting start (read and you'll see what I mean). Story develops in an average way and continues in an average way. Not the most gripping action/thriller type novel I've read but it was just ok.

I have just read the first version of this book about thwarting an attempt to assassinate Pres Edward Kennedy. The characters are weak and devoid of emotion. The FBI agent Mark loses his two closest friends in an accident but doesn't bat an eyelid. He is more interested in getting a dinner date with an attractive dr whose father could be involved in the plot.
As it is set in the 1970's the parts about using dimes in payphones, no internet etc is believable so cant comment on the second version o
Richard (Davros)
Well that was not a very good book. If what a friend read was correct, and it was initially not meant to be part of the Kane and Abel series, then I can quite easily understand that. Florentyna Kane was hardly in the book, and I think that she only got mentioned about fifteen times. It paled into insignificance compared to the first two books.

The only bit of it I did like was when Mark was having an internal conversation with himself about how his first date was supposed to work out with Elizabe
it's Jeffrey Archer, how can you be disappointed. Really easy to read. Even though it is not one of his best it is still way ahead of other authors.
Bev Taylor
a sequel to the prodigal daughter when florentyna kane is elected the first woman president of the united states

less than 7 days before she is killed if an overheard conversation is true

fbi agent mark andrews is asked to lead the investigation, only answering back to the director of the fbi. but who should he trust?

very topical with the attempt to pass a gun control law. also interesting the unrest in europe with communism taking over some southern med countries and also the possible break up
What an amazing page turner! despite many years gone by..the suspense the thrill remains!
The Wolf
Cool book,kept me interested until the very end!
Ashwini Sharma
I had enjoyed some of Archer's novels as an adolescent, but either I grew up or this story was really weak. But then this was published way back in the 1970s when Hollywood might not have succeeded in making this book's plotline a smouldering cauldron of cliches. I will, in future, be suspect of sentences that pose as Titles to books because I have started to faintly believe that sometimes authors come up with a stand-alone sentence that can have dramatic or thrilling connotations and then work ...more
Vinod Jayachandran
I am not sure how is this book even remotely related to #KaneAndAbel series. There are no characters that are carry forwarded.

I bought this book even before Kane And Abel, since i realized it's part of the sequel, I waited to complete the previous books in the series and finally realized that it's not at all related to the series. I guess it was just tagged to the series to ride on the fame of Kane and Abel series to make it a Best Seller.

This book can be read completely independently and worth
Jbb Lim
Alright, I've rated this book with 3 stars but in actual fact, I really do not know how to rate this. My mood varies on this one. Gosh, I'm such a girl on this one!

Let me start with the:
Many of the characters are not much of an involvement from the previous 2 in the series. It's more like a "Hi" and "Goodbye" to me. Moreover, the Author's note clearly states that he changes from the 1977 original plot to finalized the not-so grand finale for the "Kane and Abel" series. So sad but it's true.
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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Kane & Abel (3 books)
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  • The Prodigal Daughter (Kane & Abel, #2)
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