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Obama, Biden Team as Fictional Sleuths in 'Hope Never Dies'

Obama, Biden Team as Fictional Sleuths in 'Hope Never Dies'

Joe Biden and Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month in 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:05 PM

The team of Barack Obama and Joe Biden has returned. No, not as president and vice president, but as fictional sleuths in the novel "Hope Never Dies" trying to solve the murder of Biden's favorite Amtrak conductor.

The murder mystery was released by Quirk Books on Tuesday, saying the story is a "high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of 'Lethal Weapon's' Murtaugh and Riggs," Fox News reported.

Its author, Andrew Shaffer, wrote a satirical novel about President Donald Trump in 2016 titled "The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America," predicting what the country would look like two years into Trump's presidency.

"Shaffer takes his pairing's personalities and adds levels for dramatic and comedic effect," USA Today said in its review. "Joe questions his own hotheaded, shoot-from-the-hip nature, especially when age gets in the way of taking action. And when the usually 'cold as cucumber lotion' Barack doubts whether they can get the job done when it counts, Joe reminds him of his own uplifting words on the campaign trail."

USA Today said the book sees its fictional story through the eyes of Biden as shots are taken at Fox News, Sarah Palin and John Boehner's tan, and the Trump administration. The newspaper said that both, though, fear getting on the bad side of only one person – Michelle Obama.

The Washington Post pointed out that "Hope Never Dies" comes weeks after former president Bill Clinton co-authored the thriller "The President Is Missing" with best-selling writer James Patterson.

That book is currently No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list combining print and e-book sales for fiction.

"When Tom Wolfe noted that 'the problem with fiction' is that 'it has to be plausible,' he may have had efforts like this one in mind," said The Times review of "The President Is Missing. "Bill Clinton and James Patterson's ambitious and wildly readable new novel, 'The President Is Missing,' arches more closely toward plausibility in its geopolitical subplots — threats against the Saudi king, malicious Russian meddling in world affairs — than its main story line of a president who ditches his handlers and goes rogue from the White House, convinced he is the only one who can foil a huge cyberterror plot."

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The team of Barack Obama and Joe Biden has returned. No, not as president and vice president, but as fictional sleuths in the novel "Hope Never Dies" trying to solve the murder of Biden's favorite Amtrak conductor.
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