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

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  8,278 ratings  ·  247 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...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1977)
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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
Goodreads Book Blurb:

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...more
JC
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
Wendy
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
Avel
'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...more
Sarah
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
Janelle
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...more
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...more
Vikram
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...more
Jenn
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.
Aravind
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!
Carl Kleine
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!
John
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.

Garry
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.
Abhijit
What an amazing page turner! despite many years gone by..the suspense the thrill remains!
O.R.I.O.N
Cool book,kept me interested until the very end!
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...more
Diane
I was surprised by the number of high ranking stars for reviews on this book. I listened to the audiobook and as usual Lorelei King does a great job narrating. The FBI discovers a plot to assassinate the President and that a U.S. Senator is a part of it. The question is which one? They have a week or so to track him and the co-conspirators down. My problem was with the lead character, FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews. He went to Yale, has been at the FBI for 2 years yet the author chooses, as a pl...more
Tim
I found out about this book through Andrea, it being a second-sequel to Mr. Archer’s “Kane and Abel,” itself strongly recommended by my wife Barbara. It is the in-depth story of two men born under vastly different circumstances on the same date, and how their stories intertwined and how they came to an unlikely resolution. The sequel, “The Prodigal Daughter,” tells of Florentyna Kane, daughter of one of the protagonists of the previous book, and how she came to be the President of the United Sta...more
LemonLinda
I had read the first two of this series years ago and had not even known there was a third book, but it was a quick read, a political thriller and very entertaining. It is the early 90s, the first woman president is in office in the US, one of her big issues is gun control (quite relevant for 2013), the vote is coming up but it is the end of the congressional calendar. A seven day recess would delay the vote until another season and another election may bring a different group into Congress. So...more
Ernest
This After Florentyna Kane is elected as the first female President of the Unites States of America, the FBI leans of a plot to kill her. FBI Agent Mark Andrews know that the threat is for 6 days’ time, and when 4 people who know about it are killed, he is tasked with finding out who is behind it and how to stop it.

This part political, part thriller and part detective book has, despite the premise, only limited action in this novel, but this does not detract from its good hook, fast pace or from...more
Naveen
Jan 27, 2013 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...more
Brit McCarthy
My third attempt to write this review, thanks internet :/

Okay so as you can see I've given Shall We Tell The President? 4 stars, but I'm going to start by sharing the most disappointing thing about this book - the lack of Florentyna Kane, one of my favourite literary heroines from Kane and Abel and The Prodigal Daughter. She may be the President in question (and how I cheered for her when that happened!) but this story focuses more on the Director of the FBI, H.A.L. Tyson and Special Agent Mark...more
Rajeev Roshan
"Shall we tell the president " by Jaffery Archer

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दोस्तों पिछले वर्ष मैंने जेफरी आर्चर का नोवेल "Shall we tell the president " पढ़ा था। जेफरी आर्चर का उपन्यास पहली बार मैंने पढ़ा था । इस से पहले कई बार विदेशी लेखकों को पढने की कोशिश की लेकिन मजा नहीं आया। २ किताबें भी खरीदी थी इस से पहले लेकिन सब बकवास थी कुछ समझ में ही नहीं आता था। इन किताबों की भाषा में और भारतीय लेखकों की भाषा में बहुत भिन्नता होती है। लेकिन जेफरी आर्चर के इस उपन...more
Matt Lyons
Right then, one of the first (proper) crime thrillers I ever read, and I was properly thrilled by the crime (for the most part) so I guess it did its job.
An easy gauge to the quality of a thriller is how fast you read it, I (a usually slow reader, who likes to take his time and acknowledge all possibilities presented) read it in a day and a half. Job done. Fantastic fast-paced action that (slightly confused me, but also) really interested me in the inner workings of the security of the state (be...more
Cathy
Originally written in 1977, the book's time period was 6-7 years ahead of that. The author updated the book in 1985, pushing the book a little further in the future. The storyline is that an FBI agent gets wind of a plot to assassinate the President of the United States, the first woman president of the country, in order to stop a gun control bill. Oddly while the time period for the book is now in the past (as Madam President is the 43rd President), it was particularly timely because of the gun...more
Verona
Feb 21, 2012 Verona rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: I think anyone wanting a good, fast paced thriller would enjoy this book.
Boy, this book caught me by surprise. I had been intrigued by the title, and I like the author, Jeffrey Archer, and I also have a real love for Washington, DC, so it was inevitable that I would pick it up soon. I got down my hardcover copy of The Eleventh Commandment intending to read it--also by Jeffrey Archer, but this little paperback was by my bed. I picked it up a couple of nights ago, and just couldn't put it down. Jeffrey Archer is such a great storyteller! I was roped in, and I couldn't...more
Simone
Why is this Book 3?

I really enjoyed this book (it was better than Book 2) but I’m having a hard time seeing it as Book 3 of a trilogy.

It’s a story of a rookie FBI agent who discovers a plot to assassinate the president and in a race against time he must uncover who is behind it and stop the plot. The president just happens to be Florentyna Kane and therefore this is supposed to be seen as another instalment in the Kane and Abel series? That’s a weak tether – you could have plunked any name in th...more
Víctor Arturo Mercado Fernández
En realidad esperaba más de un autor que ha dado a conocer obras como Kane & Abel o La hija prodiga. El protagonista, al igual que el resto de los personajes, se notan bastante acartonados y no acaban de definirse en ningún momento. La lectura no se vuelve tediosa (afortunadamente), pero deja la sensación de haberse escrito apresuradamente (quizá en una sobremesa) con un final típico de las novelas policíacas de la década de los 60's, sin olvidar el uso de lugares (y frases) comunes ni la hi...more
Cherry Swong
Respect for Archer. This is what I respectfully call - intelligent writing. I liked the book. But I cannot say its the best of its kind. There are two major type of writers. One that load their stories with wise information that really make the tale rich. And, the other kind who write in such beautiful manner that makes each line weaved of sheer poetry. A best one is a combination of both and they are rare jewels to find. Unfortunately, Archer is one of the first kind. Some readers might worship...more
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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...more
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