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Publisher's Summary

Advance Praise: A Publishers Weekly Summer Read 2018

"The Obama/Biden buddy-detective-story we never knew we needed." (Advance NetGalley review)

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 fan fiction - and a cathartic listen for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs. 

Cover illustration by Jeremy Enecio (2018), Levy Creative Management NYC.

©2018 Andrew Shaffer (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Perfect for those seeking escape from the realities of Washington, D.C., in 2018." (Publishers Weekly)

"The feel-good read of the summer." (Rebecca Dowling, owner, Hockessin Book Shelf)

"Probably the most unlikely pair of detectives I have ever seen." (Rincey Abraham, Book Riot)

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Yes, you will smile, laugh, cry, cheer, & applaud!

I loved the story. l am not the most patient person so waiting as the story developed tried me. But, I was happy I did! Friendship, greed, betrayal, lies, and redemption are in this story. Don't forget laughter and love. Enjoy.

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The Obama/Biden Bromance

This was one of the best and funniest books of Summer, 2018, especially for those of us who miss the Obama administration. Former Vice President Biden reunites with his confidant, Former President Obama, to help solve the mysterious death of Biden's favorite railroad conductor back in Delaware.

The narration provided by Joe Barrett was perfect for this book. I hope he comes back for the next one. I am so excited Andrew Shafer is turning this book into a series!

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  • Susan
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I needed something light to get me through the day

I miss my President and my Vice President and I want them back. This is a light, quick read that helps to divert from the ever present darkness that haunts the news with the new administration. I can hope they will show up to save us from the craziness, but in the meantime, a little mystery from two friends will be a nice diversion.

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A Better ‘Listen’ than ‘Read’

This is a fun, clever book that is a joy to listen to. Joe Barrett’s performance had me imagining (well, pretty much) that the Vice President was telling the story. And that made the experience more enjoyable than just reading it. (My husband has it on Kindle, I read a bit and told him he was missing out on a lot of fun.) Like “As You Wish” (by Cary Elwes et al.) the spoken performance adds a level of enjoyment and appreciation of the story that doesn’t transcend the written page.

Great literature it is not: Fun, informative at times, insightful on occasion it is.

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So Much Fun!

Yes, it’s an implausible scenario but it’s great fun. There are enough accurate Biden and Obama observations and actions that make it seem like the guys really are on the job as amateur PI’s. Excellent “noir” narration.

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Obama & Biden--back together again!

FUN!!!! FUN!!!! FUN!!!!! Good mystery. Waiting for #2! What IF Obama and Biden decide to solve crimes???? Enjoyable

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Bromance, not politics!

Many assume that this story is political because of who the main characters are. After listening to the audiobook, there isn't a political theme. It's just Joe Biden and Barack Obama trying to solve what could be a murder. It's entertaining, silly (the two have combat skills!?) and the narrator did a great job with his impression of Joe Biden. Looking forward to the next story!

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Bad Narrator

This is the first book from Audible that I have truly disliked the narrator; like Christian Bale’s Batman drank a bottle of whiskey and smoked 10 packs of cigarettes. Especially since you know what Joe Biden and Barack Obama sound like, it was tough for me to listen to. Cute story with laugh out loud moments though.

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Best train ride

Listening to this on the train is really the best way to experience the book. A fun nostalgic distraction from reality.

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The sum is less than the whole

I found this book… disappointing. Like it tried to do two things and did neither as well as I had hoped it would. I found the idea of a Biden/Obama buddy-cop story a fun one. But… these characters didn't feel like their real-life namesakes. And the detective investigation story might have been more enjoyable without the distraction of the famous investigators. In both cases, there were overwrought clichés that seemed to be intentionally made fun of… but badly enough that I wondered if the author was just that bad of a writer.

It held my attention enough to get me through to the end (but that may have also been the novelty of being one of the first audiobooks from my Audible subscription). But I don't think I would recommend it to anybody. It was an amusing enough companion while driving on a road trip, but it just never quite lived up to its potential.

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