Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Genres: Mystery, Humor
Maturity Level: 3
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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.
If you’re looking for a funny, campy, bro-mance mystery, look no farther! Hope Never Dies is written like an old-time noir detective film, except that it’s starring Joe Biden.
Unfortunately this book was only situationally funny. Aside from the fact that it was Obama/Biden saying and doing the things they were saying and doing, it wasn’t particularly witty or humorous. Except the Mean Girls plot twist at the end. I snorted my drink out of my nose. Or I would have if I’d been drinking something.
The mystery was also nothing special. Obama and Biden only manage to stumble on answers completely on accident, not through any ace detective work. And the whole mystery was rather predictable. But it was fun and I got to play along, which is always nice. Good red herrings, but not so tricky you couldn’t spot them.
The best thing about this book is probably the cover art. Sadly the cover art doesn’t reflect anything that actually happens in the book. I wish the book had been more like the cover.
Still, this was a fun, light read. Perfect for summer. If you love humor, mystery, bro-mance, or Biden memes, you’ll probably get a kick out of this book.