“Take a Peek” book reviews are short and (possibly) sweet, keeping the commentary brief and providing a little peek at what the book’s about and what I thought.
This mystery thriller reunites Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama for a political mashup full of suspense, intrigue, and laugh out loud bromance.
Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted—the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.
Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.
For everyone who laughed through their tears while scrolling through all those countless Biden/Obama memes…
This one’s for you.
Hope Never Dies is a noir detective story that just happens to feature our favorite presidential bromantic couple as the lead action heroes. In this funny, warm-hearted satire, retired Joe Biden is still a good guy, but one with enough time on his hands to build up a great big load of resentment over former bestie Barack’s never-ending parade of fun celebrity outings… while Joe just waits for a simple call or a text. But when the Amtrak conductor who’d been a part of Joe’s commute for decades turns up dead under suspicious circumstances, Joe and Barack are thrown together into a crime investigation that features drugs, bikers, shady cops, and plenty of stops for fast food.
“Son of a buttermilk biscuit” I said, grimacing. “We got bamboozled.”
This book is charming AF and oh-so-silly, and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy thinking about the good old days when these two were in the White House. Their fictional counterparts are adorable, and their ongoing friendship and devotion brought the teeniest little lump to my throat. The author has a knack for keeping the story moving while weaving in little snippets of dialogue and actions that bring our former POTUS and VPOTUS to life on the page.
Hope Never Dies is a surprisingly fun read, and the detective elements are actually pretty clever and engaging too. But really, read it for the Biden-isms and cool-as-hell Obama appearances. It’s like a little ray of sunshine in book form.
Title: Hope Never Dies
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: July 10, 2018
Length: 304 pages
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley
15 thoughts on “Take A Peek Book Review: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer”
I hadn’t heard of this one, Lisa! I love the bromance between Biden and Obama…I may just have to read this! Wonderful review!
Thanks! It’s quite silly, and I was afraid the gimmick would get tired, but it really works.
Haha! When I first saw the cover to this book, I thought, well that looks like Obama and Biden, but it couldn’t possibly be! Sounds great!
This was a perfect antidote for me after reading a bunch of heavy books in a row –so much fun!
I just requested it on NetGalley!
Yay! I hope you enjoy it – can’t wait to hear what you think!
Yes I was just approved so now I need to download it and get going! I told my work friend and she already knew about the book!
I told a work friend too… and now she’s telling everyone she knows to read it. Definitely a lot of word-of-mouth promotion for this one!
I can’t believe a book like this exists! I need to check it out.
Ha ha, I hope you enjoy it!
Hey Lisa! I wanted to tell you that we got my brother a copy of Hope Never Dies for Christmas and he laughed so hard when he saw the cover and read the synopsis! I know he’s going to read it soon. Such an amusing book!
That’s so awesome! A friend of mine got a copy for her father as a Xmas gift — it’s so much fun. I hope your brother loves it!
I think he will!