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The night this all started, I was in a black Irish mood.
Excerpted from "Hope Never Dies"
Copyright © 2018 Andrew Shaffer.
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I worried the whole book was just going to be one dumb joke but the author really put togeather a compelling story. The characters are well fleshed out and the stiry moves at a fast clip.
Sounded so much like Biden and Obama it could have been a real-life story. Love the tongue in cheek humor.
A whole lot of fun to read.
This parody of cozy mysteries is told from Joe Biden's point-of-view as he and Barack Obama chase down a killer. I loved it! I laughed so hard at times. Suspend belief but you have to read it. It was so much fun. I liked the characters. Watching them solve the crime is a scream. I liked how they view the current happenings in D.C. I felt bad when Joe had to change some of his idealistic beliefs about others. I hope there are more in this series. I adored it.
If you've wondered what Joe and Barack have been up to since leaving the presidential office or what might happen if they teamed up to solve mysteries, HOPE NEVER DIES is the book you never knew you always needed. Essentially Obama-Biden fanfic, this was such a fun ride. And honestly, reading it did give me hope. I mean. What if Obama and Biden really are out there fighting crime? Lord knows we could use their help. Just the thought of this being a possibility made me feel warm and fuzzy. Joe Biden serves as our narrator. His bromance with Obama has hit a few bumps in the road since they left office. He's not sure where he fits into Obama's post-presidential life and it was heartwarming and relatable to watch him make sense of it all. He's drawn deeper and deeper into the mysterious death of an Amtrak conductor he knew and Obama is at his side, both helping him and questioning why Joe wants to figure out what happened. Their interactions are so believable. I could see this happening in real life. It was interesting to think about how their relationship might change outside of the Oval Office and what their respective lives would look like. Shaffer clearly did his homework in bringing these two well-known men to life. At the same time, you can't be too tied to your ideas of who they are. There were small moments, like Obama smoking a cigarette or Biden thinking something racist, where I'd think, "they wouldn't do/say that!" But how can I say that for sure? I've never met either man and this is all a figment of Shaffer's imagination. (As far as we know.) The mystery itself was enjoyable to read. It had some interesting twists and turns and while I'd figured out the killer before they were revealed, it was much closer to the reveal than usually happens for me. I like when I'm kept guessing. I haven't heard whether this is the start of a series or not but I sure hope we'll get another Obama-Biden mystery, maybe from Obama's perspective next. In the meantime, I'm glad hope never dies when this duo is around. Disclosure: I received an advance copy from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review.
Give this book a try. I smiled almost all the way through. Even the cover made me laugh!