Hope Never Dies (epub) author Andrew Shaffer

REVIEW Hope Never Dies

It's been several months since the 2016 presidential election and Uncle Joe Biden is puttering around his house grouting the tile in his master bathroom feeling lost and adrift in an America that doesn't make This is just 1000% camp y fan fiction Don t read too much into it Like there were points in the book where I was like ObamaBiden would never saydoact like that but then I would shake it off and just keep on keeping on The mystery is fine nothing really to write home about Also someone give this cover designer a raiseWatch me discuss this book in my July wrap up

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Hope Never Dies

Sense anyBut when his favorite Amtrak conductor dies in a suspicious accident Joe feels a familiar desire to serve and he leap into the role of amateur sleuth with a little help from his old friend President B Let s face it reading the news these days has replaced cardio for many of us as our heart rate skyrockets from the headlines alone Remember when we had a coolsometimes embarrassing dad president with a charismatic veep who just called out malarkey when he saw it No it wasn t 100 years ago but it sure feels like it latelyIn this delightful romp of a book Biden is feeling a little sorry for himself since Obama seems to never call because he has a lot of hip young friends like Bradley Cooper However a suspicious death along Biden s beloved Amtrak line brings the team back together this time with Uncle Joe leading the bumbling investigation It s a cozy mystery with a muscle car a bromance with Secret Service detailWhile Shaffer could have leaned into nostalgia alone he s written a solid mystery with the characters fleshed out as than just cliches The reader really feels Biden s longing to be helpful and his anguish over seeing 44 s legacy undone so uickly by an individual who shall remain nameless The presidential zings in this book are incredible truly The tension between the two rings as true as it did when they were in office like when Biden suddenly decided to support gay rights and had everyone else scrambling to fall into line By all means this book shouldn t work as well as it does For a few hours I got to enjoy the company of politicians who behaved like adults mostly It sure was niceDoes Biden wear aviators Does he enjoy some ice cream Does Obama play basketball You ll have to read to find outI received a complimentary copy of this book from uirk but that in no way impacted my review since I was already excited about this book from Shaffer s previous work

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Arack Obama code name Renegade Together they'll plumb the darkest depths of Delaware traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic 35 starsFormer Vice President Joe Biden is in low spirits Since leaving office he s been idling around his Wilmington Delaware home feeling boredMeanwhile Biden s best friend former President Barack Obama has been hanging out with celebrities all over the world parasailing windsurfing kayaking and BASE jumping in Hong Kong with Bradley Cooper As Biden is throwing darts at a picture of Bradley Cooper on his office wall he s fuming about Obama not calling texting emailingor even sending a postcard It seems Obama has cut loose his dead weight loser vice president and wants nothing to do with himOr maybe notWhen Biden hears scuffling sounds in his backyard it turns out to be Obama and a Secret Service Agent named Steve who ve slipped in to deliver some bad news An Amtrak conductor named Finn Donnelly whom Biden has known for decades was hit by a train and killed Obama delivers the news personally because Donnelly had a map showing Biden s address and the Secret Service fears Biden may be the target of a terrorist attackBiden reaches out to cop friend and learns that Donnelly was suspected of using drugs and had a baggie full of heroin when he died Moreover the police believe Donnelly s death was probably a drug related accident or a suicide in which case Donnelly s family won t get his life insurance Biden doesn t accept any of this He doesn t believe Donnelly was a bad guy or a drug addict or a drug pusher and he doesn t want Donnelly remembered like that by his loved ones So Biden decides to investigate Donnelly s death himself and Obama jumps on board to help Obama even offers up his new car the Little Beast for transportation The Little Beast purchased with Obama s own money is an ard Cadillac Escalade that s as bulletproof and bombproof as a personal car can beAs Biden starts making inuiries he learns that Donnelly s wife is terminally ill and residing in a long term care facility He also discovers that Donnelly had sold his house and was living in a cheap motel To further his inuiries Biden plans to visit Donnelly wife attend Donnelly s funeral talk to Donnelly s daughter examine the accident site speak to Donnelly s Amtrak co workers scope out Donnelly s motel room etc Obama or less tags along for the ride and jumps in when he s needed Biden insists on disguises for himself and Obama which consists of things like baseball caps sunglasses and an aloha shirt and shorts for himself This isn t very effective and most people recognize the former Commander in Chief and his right hand man Secret Service Agent Steve tries to keep Biden and Obama from doing anything dangerous but he s only partially successfulespecially when the detective duo ditches himBiden s inuiries infuriate Lieutenant Selena Esposito who s in charge of the Donnelly case Esposito warns Biden off repeatedly but the former Vice President keeps investigating and charges in where he shouldn t go Thus the amateur detectives come across a beautiful blonde swathed in nothing but a towel a dangerous gang and another dead bodyIn the end Biden demonstrates some serious cojones Obama proves to be a valuable sidekick and the truth about Donnelly s death comes to lightAs you might expect there s a good bit of humor in the book a few laments about the current administration and Biden s speculations about running for PresidentIn one funny scene Biden and Obama play a game popular in the Capitol called POTUS SCOTUS OR FLOTUS In this game one player names three women and the other player decides which should be POTUS SCOTUS and FLOTUS Biden names Nancy Pelosi Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clintonand Obama decides who to put where This is a good story and fictional Biden and Obama make a great sleuthing team I d recommend the book to fans of uirky amusing mysteriesYou can follow my reviews at


10 thoughts on “Hope Never Dies

  1. says:

    This is just 1000% camp y fan fiction Don't read too much into it Like there were points in the book where I was like ObamaBiden would never saydoact like that but then I would shake it off and just keep on keeping on The mystery is fine nothing really to write home about Also someone give this cover designer a raiseWatch me discuss this book in my July wrap up

  2. says:

    Why is this the best and most hilarious thing I've ever seen in my life

  3. says:

    You know at first I wasn't going to read this but let's be real after however long we've been living in this ungodly hell of the Trump adminstration it can't be just a year it feels TOO LONG I'm obviously going to read this

  4. says:

    I don't even know where to start on how happy this book made me From the minute I saw the cover pop up on a friend's goodreads shelf it has done nothing but make me laugh I even drew some fan art not even kidding This book is clearly absurd Not thought provoking Not written with beautiful prose or mind bending plot twists But it is magical I'm buying cases of this book for all my friends and relatives this Christmas Thanks NetGalley

  5. says:

    Let's face it reading the news these days has replaced cardio for many of us as our heart rate skyrockets from the headlines alone Remember when we had a coolsometimes embarrassing dad president with a charismatic veep who just called out malarkey when he saw it No it wasn't 100 years ago but it sure feels like it latelyIn this delightful ro

  6. says:

    The 2016 Presidential Election has ended Former Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t uite know what to do with himself As he watches his former boss Barack Obama vacationing with the likes of Richard Branson Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper he feels discarded and hopeless All this changes w

  7. says:

    I think if you're going to write a murder mystery wherein the former president of the United States and his hetero lifemate VP solve a murder you've gotta go big or go home I either want to be laughing my ass off or bowled over by just how accurate the characters are Alas neither was the case with this very tepid relativel

  8. says:

    35 starsFormer Vice President Joe Biden is in low spirits Since leaving office he's been idling around his Wilmington Delaware home feeling boredMeanwhile Biden's 'best friend' former President Barack Obama has been hanging out with celebrities all over the world parasailing windsurfing; kayaking; and BASE jumping in Hong

  9. says:

    Y’allWutThis is campy as hell no doubt about that Containing some amazing moments such as slight spoilersview spoilerAn intense fight on a trainObama on a unicornA very dramatic “GET DOWN MISTER PRESIDENT”The former POTUS wielding a sawed off shotgunAnd a whole lot of Joe being slick as shit in a sweet pair of Ray Ban aviators hide spoiler

  10. says:

    As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I had to have it Thanks to NetGalley and to uirk Books for granting my wish Andrew Shaffer takes the former leader of the free world joins him back up with Joe Biden and together they work on a mystery Amtrak Joe lost a friend an engineer on the train that he rode nearly every day before he before he became Vice President This story is told from Joe's point of vi