Master storyteller Jeffrey Archer keeps the pace sizzling in this final installment in the Kane and Abel trilogy. Shall We Tell the President? is a daring political thriller where treason and betrayal threaten to topple an American dynasty.
After years of great sacrifice and deep personal tragedy, Florentyna Kane 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 survivor: FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews.
Now, only he knows when the killers will strike. But how can he alone unravel a ruthless conspiracy - in less than one week? The race to save the first woman president begins now....
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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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 there and there would have been zero impact in the plot of this book. It’s really just a cameo appearance by a character of the series.
It’s a good book in it’s own right, if the idea was to link it to the series in order to increase the amount of likely readers, it was not necessary. I’ve read enough Jeffery Archer books that I pick them up because he is the author, not necessarily because it’s more of the same story.
It's not a terrible book, but not great. But I spent a long time at the top of the book trying to understand why FBI agents always carried 20 quarters for pay phones. And no one seemed to include Reagan as part of Presidential assasination history.
God, things have really changed since 1977. And much of the book feels dated because of it. Even the plot against the President is dated.
Also, I wish someone was a little more careful with details of the recording. Senator Birch Bayh name was pronounced "Bye" not "Bay."
Absolutely--I'd change the title which is misleading--this is NOT a Kane & Able Book3--any fans of Archer's knows the 2 Kane & Able books and this is not a continuation or remotely related. Was this just a cheap ploy to gain readership? Shame on you. I'd change the reader--this is not a book to be read by a woman--it sounds like a kids fairytale and you can't take the plot seriously. She performed well but this book should be read by a man--sorry--not a chauvinist, but it's a fact.
I've read and listened to all of his books--this would be on the low end
She performed well but the type of book she should be reading. Her impressions of males were terrible. If you are going to have a woman read this type of book, then have them just read it straight out and not try to imitate a deeper male voice.
It is if you are on a long drive and nothing else to do. Actually the story line was good, but Archer has fallen into the recent trend of building in stupidity on the part of the heros to allow them extra danger and adventure. My God, what kind of FBI agent keeps saying to himself I've seen that guy in the rear view mirror without realizing he's being tailed! Or what kind of FBI agents are stupid enough to recognize someone different tailing the hero, besides themselves on a top secret assignment without checking it out--give me a break.Again, I'm a big fan of Jeffery Archer--at least the way he used to write books.
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So here I was, thinking I was reading a book written in 1977 and thinking what a wonderful political gamer Archer was with some of the events he thought might happen in the near future. Then the prognostications went a step too far--too close to events that actually happened in the early 1980; this book just could not have been written in 1977. I was not reading the 1977 version that I read and loved so many years ago and still have on my bookshelf--and the version that I thought I was buying because honestly, it has been so long since I read the book that I could not remember who the President was in that version.
It turns out that Archer revised the book in 1986 making it Book 3 of the Kane and Abel series, which came out after the original Shall We Tell the President? At first, I thought the changes had been made in 2013, inferred from the copyright info in the Audible description. It wasn't until I did some research that I learned that the changes were made in 1986. I really would have like Audible to tell me this up front. I feel mislead--and like it was my fault because I didn't know that Archer had revised the book. Well, everybody, now you know.
The big changes in the story were to make Florentyna Kane the President of the United States and to change the year from 1981 to the early 1990s. Beyond that most of the original text remained intact; I followed along for a few chapters with my 1977 paperback once I realized what was going on. There were some changes in phrasing, some changes in the US Senators whose names appear in the story and the addition of events from the Reagan presidency. Hopefully, this clears up the confusion: written in 1977; revised in 1986; new audio release in 2013
Now to the story itself. For me, this is a nice little thriller. It is light on the graphic violence--not absent but kept to a minimum. The body count is low. The tension isn't heart stopping and I do want to keep reading to see how it turns out. I find it to be classic Archer and I actually prefer his early thrillers and sagas to what he has written in the past decade and a half.
Finally, I agree with all the complaints about the narrator. Wrong voice for this story and she definitely needs to learn how to pronounce Birch Bayh's name properly--it's not like it hasn't been in the news for the past 40 years. Drives me nuts when narrators don't do their homework; fingernails on a blackboard!
I've long been a fan of Jeffery Archer books, but I found this one to be a major miss by this usually reliable author. First of all, if you're considering buying it because it's the third book in the Kane and Abel series, stop now. It's really not related to Kane and Abel and the Prodigal Daughter at all. I read after the fact that it was originally supposed to be a stand-alone book, but was changed to be about Florentyna Kane because of the success of the first two books in that series. And about the plot itself, it was formulaic with no big surprises. It also managed to be confusing at times, hard to follow who did what. There were long sections of prose that should have been cut by a judicious editor (we literally listened to the main character picking out clothes one day... Should I wear a black suit? no, how about double breasted, yes, that's in style. Now for a tie, red or blue?). And the love story in the book is totally unbelievable with no foundation and very little chemistry between the characters. The best I can say is that the book was not so bad that I stopped listening before the end. The narration was okay, but sometimes it felt like even the narrator couldn't build up enough enthusiasm to inject energy into the story. Her voice was soporific and made me feel like I was laying on a couch listening to a psychologist talk. In sum, go find a different Jeffery Archer book to read and give this one a pass.
This was probably the weakest of the three books. It led you to believe it was going to be about Florentyna Rosnovski; however, that wasn't it at all. The plot was about the FBI investigation into the potential killing of the President. It was a good solid read; however, it wasn't quite what I'm used to when I read Jeffrey Archer.
It didn't make any sense. Her house was bugged, then they were talking secretly there. A guy had a radio that he could listen into FBI communications on, but didn't listen on the important day. It was not about F. Kane.
Wanting it to end.
This is not a book about F. Kane.It was bad. Couldn't wait for it to be over.
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