Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 favourite 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.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781683690399
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SHAFFER
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 21 cm


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Reserved. Engaging, funny & witty, offbeat, banter-filled fictionalized Barack Obama & Joe Biden as amateur detectives in Delaware, Kirkus review: “conservatives are as unlikely to be offended by the unlikely sleuths as liberals are to be soothed or cheered. The mystery is wafer-thin and ... Read More »

Mixed recommendation. Uneven pacing, set in 2017 with Joe Biden as James Bond-type. #1 Obama Biden series. "Vice President Joe Biden is 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 myster... Read More »

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DBRL_ReginaF Sep 17, 2020

It's not great literature. In fact, it really is more like fan-fic, but it was exactly what I needed in this moment. It's really more of a 3 or 3.5 but Good Read doesn't let you give half stars so I'm rounding it up to four because of timing.

Jun 02, 2019

“…a cigarette boat cutting through the surf like a buttered bullet.”

“…when you get her (Joe’s car) on the road, she flies like Christ on a bike!”

“…sweating like a sinner in church.”

“…the weather outside is as nasty as the devil’s armpit.”

Each one a curiously amusing turn of phrase but you know just what the speaker means and isn’t that the point? It is also one of the many reasons you can’t stop listening – humorous ear worms throughout. This book is a fictional buddy detective novel in the noir style complete with bro code references. It is told from the view point of Joe Biden’s fictional character as they (Joe, Barack) investigate the suicide or is it murder of an old friend?

The reader, Joe Barrett, has great pacing and lilt to keep this story on track. His vocal skills take us from funny… to serious…to a peek into the relationship between to old friends who have been through a lot together.

Throughout this book, I was chuckling to myself. The humorous quips came in a barrage, one right after the other. I had never really thought about how awkward it could be as an easily recognized former political figure trying to maneuver incognito through everyday situations. The repartee between the main characters feels realistic. When Joe and Barack go back and forth over whose car to take on surveillance, it’s priceless. They debate the merits of using either of their cars as only two old friends could. This story is a great travel companion making the miles fly by.

Mar 30, 2019

A ridiculous and fun romp.

Mar 21, 2019

Almost as much fun as the cover art. Come for the mystery, stay for the bromance. A fun read regardless of your political inclinations, this book never takes itself (or its famous characters) too seriously. The world needs more famous politician buddy-sleuth books.

Feb 05, 2019

Cute and silly. Makes me happy because the bros are back together!

Jan 15, 2019

This book is not great literature, but if you are a fan of Barack Obama and/or Joe Biden, this book will make you smile—even laugh out loud! The story is told from the perspective of Joe Biden, who rode the Amtrak train from Delaware into DC for many years while serving in the US Senate. He finds out that his favorite Amtrak conductor has been hit by a train while lying on the tracks. At the time of his death, the conductor was in possession of a map showing Joe Biden’s home. Barack Obama drops in to Biden’s home to tell him what happened. Biden feels compelled to investigate, and he ropes in Obama to help.

I do not know Joe Biden personally (of course), but this book portrays him as a good and decent man who tries to do the right thing, even if he is impulsive at times.

This book is light and a fast read, but it is enjoyable, and it is fun to see the interaction between Biden and Obama. Yes, it is kind of silly, but I enjoyed it. It made me feel good!

Oct 24, 2018

I really wanted to love this book, but the memes come to life wore on me after awhile. A fun and quick read but isn't anything spectacular.

Oct 20, 2018

Best thing about the book is the cover. The satire quickly wears thin and the story is even less substantial. And by half way through, it's simply ridiculous. Don't waste your time.

JessicaGma Oct 18, 2018

It's the ultimate bromance of our times that has to then solve a mystery - it is the best antidote to this, the darkest timeline. Anyone who misses the Obama/Biden days of yore will enjoy this book. It's extremely entertaining.

Oct 17, 2018

A fun and enjoyable read. Written in the first person in the voice of Joe Biden, the author captures not just voice of the former Vice President but his personality as well. You almost think it was Biden himself telling this story. And the 44th President of the United States acquits himself well as sleuth and sidekick to Joe Biden. Ready for another caper featuring this daring duo! Highly recommend.

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