Publisher: Quirk Books
Summary: 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.
I can’t believe I’ve read this book, let alone reviewing it. Yes this is published presidential fanfic. Yes I bought it because of the cover. Unfortunately, I don’t think the story itself lives up the hype.
Hope Never Dies advertises itself as a bromance between Joe Biden and Barack Obama post-2016 where they solve murder mysteries together. Really, it read more like Biden and Obama were exes who’d parted on not the best terms and were forced back together because Biden became a conspiracy theorist who was actually right. That’s not to say the book was amusing, but the portrayal of the two characters (?) was very different than expected.
I found the plot itself to be relatively mediocre. I don’t read a lot of murder mystery so I suppose I’m not the best judge, but the plot didn’t engage me all that much. President and VP aside, the story felt like a pretty cookie-cutter mystery plot. There is one pretty memorable scene where Obama and Biden are playing Good Cop Bad Cop while interrogating a gang member and Obama threatens him with Guantanamo Bay.
Overall, I rate this book a 3.5/5. While the Obama/Biden pairing was amusing to read from, I found the plot itself not terribly engaging.