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

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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 atte

Paperback, 228 pages
Published February 12th 1983 by Fawcett (first published 1977)
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Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, audio, my-firsttime
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
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
দুরদানত গতির কনসপিরেসী থরিলার। The day of the jackal এর পড়ে এই রকম একটা থরিলার বই পড়লাম,দারুন ! ...more
K R Bushra Moum
মাঝে কিছুদিন গযাপ পড়েছিল পড়ায়, টনিক হিসেবে এটা বেশ কাজে দিল।
বেশ জমাট বাঁধা, গড়পরতা ভালোই লাগল।
Shahjahan Shourov
এভরেজের ওপরে খুব বেশি কিছু মনে হয়নি। ইউ.এস পরেসিডেনট কিংবা ফারসট ফযামিলির এগেইনসটে এর চেয়ে ভাল কনসপিরেসী থৃলার আছে বেশকিছু। ...more
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim C
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book of a trilogy. It can be read as a stand alone. In this one, there is a plan to kill the president because she supports a gun control bill. The FBI race to discover who is behind the conspiracy to kill the president.

This was a lousy way to finish this trilogy. The first two books were excellent. The only positive I can take away from this novel is it tackling the issue of gun control. The author accomplished this without preaching. He expressed both sides concerns and why i
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, reviewed
This third novel in the Kane & Abel series is definitely not what I expected. Technically, it's about Florentyna Kane--a plot to kill her is afoot--but she's hardly in the story. This could have been a stand-alone novel in which bad guys plot to kill the POTUS. I can't help but wonder why Archer chose that to go in that direction.
Sherry Fundin
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Shreedhar Manek
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-a-copy
(2.5 / 5)

I had read this book about 7 or 8 years back when I was in school, and I was so thrilled! I thought that it was an underrated roller coaster. But after reading it again now I realize how wrong I was! It isn't a particularly bad book, but it has a lot of plot holes, in addition to being very unrealistic. The protagonist works like a newbie, not like a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The criminals are hardly "professional" as oft mentioned in the book. And after havi
Daniel Bastian
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
They say most criminals are caught because of one, decisive mistake. With that in mind, I wonder how many assassination plots are discussed in clear and certain terms casually over lunch within earshot of the wait staff and other patrons. Not many? Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Also, considering the entire purpose of the rubout was to stall a bill on gun control (one which specifically limits criminal access to firearms), was having a criminal use an illegal firearm on the POTUS really the best
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!!
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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!
Sandra Bašić
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obožavam kako ovaj čovjek piše - izvrsni politički trileri!
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great this story
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner, truly!
Vasundhara Jha
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
I want to give it 3.5 stars! But I can only give a 3 or a 4 - so 4.

Amazing read, but a little disappointing end.
I mean, the mystery part could have been better, the action part couldn't have been better! I couldnt wait to get to the next page- it was that fast paced and exciting.

Jeffrey Archer is one fine storyteller, and as with his other books, this too was something I thoroughly enjoyed.

Hernie YR
I liked it. Though it was a supposed #3 of the series, it was written before Kane & Abel. I liked how he recycled his characters. I liked the fact that it was a part of a series and yet, not a conclusion. I liked that each book has its own focus.

Jeffrey Archer has found his way into my list of favourite authors.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book of the Kane and Abel series. Shall We Tell the President? is a 1977 novel by English author Jeffrey Archer. A revised edition was published in 1986. In the first edition, a plot to kill the President of the United States, Edward Kennedy, is foiled by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working with the head of the FBI. A love story complicates the plot. The book includes descriptive details of official Washington, for which the author lists sources. After the success of ...more
Avel Rudenko
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
'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
Ankit Sah
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dale Safford
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
This was my first Jeffrey Archer book. It was a short listen but I though he was a very good writer. There is some cussing but doesn't permeate it. There are no graphic sex scenes, though ! My only problem with the book is that it read a tiny bit like a pro gun control commercial. If this were a movie it would be PG-13
Carl Kleinebecker
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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!
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 Marlton
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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