Hope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, #2)
Obama and Biden return in this thrilling sequel to the New York Times best-selling bromance-mystery HOPE NEVER DIES, this time in Chicago.

Hope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, #2) Details

TitleHope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherQuirk Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Humor, Fiction

Hope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, #2) Review

  • Andrew Shaffer
    January 1, 1970
    The sequel to Hope Never Dies. Booksellers, librarians, and bloggers can request review copies on either NetGalley or Edelweiss+. It goes on sale July 9, 2019!
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    There was not a single chapter where I did not laugh out loud at least once. Delightfully campy and a much needed joyride. Almost like a Ferris Bueller's Day Off for Barry and Joe. But that being said there were also some truth bombs scattered throughout the storyline.“Truth” had somehow become subjective. Who had seen that coming? The country was crumbling in slow motion, being dismantled and sold off under our noses in real time ." Chicago is very much is a real character with revealing its ma There was not a single chapter where I did not laugh out loud at least once. Delightfully campy and a much needed joyride. Almost like a Ferris Bueller's Day Off for Barry and Joe. But that being said there were also some truth bombs scattered throughout the storyline.“Truth” had somehow become subjective. Who had seen that coming? The country was crumbling in slow motion, being dismantled and sold off under our noses in real time ." Chicago is very much is a real character with revealing its many tragic realities to those that may be unfamiliar with them. While having such tough issues as systemic poverty, racism, and corruption being a plot point in a humorous tale, it never felt that the city and its people were being mocked. Being from the area, I found this second installment even more engaging than the first. Only one minor irritation- United doesn’t fly out of Midway. Frontier, Porter, Delta, and Southwest are the big ones. So Biden couldn’t have been dropped off at the United gate to slog over to Delta. Thanks to Netgalley and Quirk Books for the ARC.
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  • Lisa Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    Rounding up from 3.5 stars.Ha ha ha. If you find the idea of a mystery series starring Barack Obama and Joe Biden kind of sweet and funny, this book is for you. Basically, if you loved all the Obama/Biden bromance memes, this is like reading those in long form. As a sequel, Hope Rides Again lacks the benefit of being new and startlingly charming. Here, we already know the concept, so it's not quite as fresh. The mystery part of the book, while fun, is really just window-dressing for the main poi Rounding up from 3.5 stars.Ha ha ha. If you find the idea of a mystery series starring Barack Obama and Joe Biden kind of sweet and funny, this book is for you. Basically, if you loved all the Obama/Biden bromance memes, this is like reading those in long form. As a sequel, Hope Rides Again lacks the benefit of being new and startlingly charming. Here, we already know the concept, so it's not quite as fresh. The mystery part of the book, while fun, is really just window-dressing for the main point, which is seeing the former POTUS and Veep living out their retirement by becoming accidental crime-fighters. It's a little harder to read the 2nd book as pure entertainment, given the timing and the fact that Biden is now in the presidential race -- it makes his gaffes and Biden-isms just a wee bit less funny knowing that he's a serious candidate and not (as presented in the books) merely a retired politician who doesn't have the self-awareness to realize how uncool he is... especially in comparison to his buddy Barack.Still, it's a fun read, and worth checking out if you enjoyed the first book.Thank you, Quirk, for the review copy!
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "This was Barack Obama. The man, the myth, the legend."Imagine if you will a duo as magnetic as Obama and Biden but with a twist of adventure, daring to go where others cannot, and fun beyond words.It's that hope, that love, that flavor of uniqueness that gravitates one to explore this bromance more closely and examine the mystery in their role as amateur detectives.It all begins around St. Patty's Day weekend in which Joe is tired from his campaigns for his presidential run along with his non s "This was Barack Obama. The man, the myth, the legend."Imagine if you will a duo as magnetic as Obama and Biden but with a twist of adventure, daring to go where others cannot, and fun beyond words.It's that hope, that love, that flavor of uniqueness that gravitates one to explore this bromance more closely and examine the mystery in their role as amateur detectives.It all begins around St. Patty's Day weekend in which Joe is tired from his campaigns for his presidential run along with his non stop book tours.With one last stop before heading home to his love Jill he stops in Chicago to meet his B.F.F. Obama.Of course, Obama would love to support Joe in his political endeavors by connecting him to up and coming political leaders to turn those votes.However it's not always easy to simply 'hook up' with a former prez and so it takes some effort on Joe's part to get arranged especially after Barack's blackberry is suddenly stolen.A crime has occurred and now it's up to this amazing duo to solve it!A host of characters from burlesque dancers to political junkies and beyond with an almost appearance by the great Oprah proves to be anything but ordinary.These two know how to have a good time and it's during a time of great political unrest and much needed rest.I love when a plan comes together as Andrew never disappoints his readers. This is certainly a must read for 2019!
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  • Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    January 1, 1970
    Just as much fun as the first book, with an uptick in the bro-banter, much less mopey-Biden and a twisty-turny mystery for the dynamic (Ex)ecutive Branch duo to sleuth. Surprisingly, the book grapples with quite a few relevant topics affecting the US today, including “truth”, corruption, poverty, guns and violence... And it asks the most pivotal question of our time: Will he run in 2020?But first, there’s a mystery to solve, and Joe Cool won’t stop for nobody, not even his best pal, Barack. Deli Just as much fun as the first book, with an uptick in the bro-banter, much less mopey-Biden and a twisty-turny mystery for the dynamic (Ex)ecutive Branch duo to sleuth. Surprisingly, the book grapples with quite a few relevant topics affecting the US today, including “truth”, corruption, poverty, guns and violence... And it asks the most pivotal question of our time: Will he run in 2020?But first, there’s a mystery to solve, and Joe Cool won’t stop for nobody, not even his best pal, Barack. Delightfully fun, perfect read if you need to escape the current political landscape. Another hit out of the ballpark.
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  • britt_brooke
    January 1, 1970
    Shaffer’s Biden and Obama caricatures reignite their bromance while solving a south Chicago gang-related crime. Entertaining and witty. Biden’s first person narration tickles me. Plus, like Hope Never Dies, this second installment has a glorious cover. The tan suit is a character all it’s own. Good, campy fun! I hope there are more Obama Biden Mysteries to come!
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Hope Rides Again is the follow up to Hope Never Dies which is a mystery told from the viewpoint of Biden and featuring Obama. The first book used romance tropes to highlight a bromance, the second book turns that aspect down a bit but is still funny. Look, it’s not Shaffer’s fault that Biden is going around telling young girls that their brothers have to watch out for them. That’s Biden being a man of his generation. I’m not excusing the ick factor or the sexism in the statement, I’m just noting Hope Rides Again is the follow up to Hope Never Dies which is a mystery told from the viewpoint of Biden and featuring Obama. The first book used romance tropes to highlight a bromance, the second book turns that aspect down a bit but is still funny. Look, it’s not Shaffer’s fault that Biden is going around telling young girls that their brothers have to watch out for them. That’s Biden being a man of his generation. I’m not excusing the ick factor or the sexism in the statement, I’m just noting that it isn’t Shaffer’s fault. And there is a line in the book that will raise an eyebrow because of the unwanted touching. That said, it is a fun read. There are several laugh out loud places. Like about Air Force Two. Several “no he didn’t just write that did he” places. And when I read the author’s bio bit to my friend as he was cutting up chicken, he laughed so hard he almost cut himself. So read this away from sharp objects. Or at least don’t use sharp objects while you reading this. Dull knives might be okay, though why you would be cooking with a dull knife is your business. In this installment (which is in a blue book, and the first was red, so we are missing a white one . . . just saying), Biden is catching up with Obama in Chicago to talk to a donor. What begins as a quest for a missing phone becomes a mystery involving local Chicago politics but also addressing violence, urban issues, and societal evils. In other words, Biden is being schooled to a degree about what it means to be a black man in Chicago. Is it a true social commentary? No, but it is definitely more of one that was in the first book. There is also a brief riff about the question of change and urban development. Steve also returns, if you’re curious. The specter of the Orange Sprayed one is less heavy in this one, which is probably while the book feels lighter. If there is a specter it is Oprah, who goes to brunch with Michelle, who has a great line directed at Biden. Yep, Michelle is in it too.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Just the pick me up I needed. All the Obama/Biden bromance, and mystery that I've come to expect from this series. I'm already hoping for a third book!
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    This has all the unapologetic, unconventional, irreverent fun of the first one, with the added depth and nuance of dealing with Chicago's reputation and realities--and doing it well. Shaffer pokes gentle satire at the violence and corruption of the city, but never makes light of it or tries to downplay the horror of it. It's a careful balance that he's somehow found and packaged with the delightfully funny bromance we all know and love to make a book that feels simultaneously real and absolutely This has all the unapologetic, unconventional, irreverent fun of the first one, with the added depth and nuance of dealing with Chicago's reputation and realities--and doing it well. Shaffer pokes gentle satire at the violence and corruption of the city, but never makes light of it or tries to downplay the horror of it. It's a careful balance that he's somehow found and packaged with the delightfully funny bromance we all know and love to make a book that feels simultaneously real and absolutely ridiculous. Someone who is not from Chicago is going have to tell me if it's actually good, because I just. Love. My horrible, wonderful home city. And this poignant, beautiful, unflinching, and (at times) very silly take on it.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone's favorite bro-mance is back in action with another mystery to solve! This time they are on Obama's home turf and Biden learns the hard way that Chicago's history isn't exactly all in the past. Systematic racism, gun laws, and kids who are getting caught up in the system take this book a lot deeper than one would initially think. I cannot possibly love these books more and will be waiting eagerly for the next in the series.
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  • Jeannie
    January 1, 1970
    When I read these books Obama and Biden’s voices narrate the story in my head. Hilarious.
  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Meeting up with Barack Obama in Chicago for a forum on economics, Joe Biden excuses himself after Obama’s BlackBerry can’t be found and an internet track shows it to be where one of the event ushers said he had to go work after ushing. (Isn’t that what ushers do? Ush?) When Biden gets to the freight yard, it’s just as the usher (Shaun) is being carried out on a gurney with several shots piercing his torso. No witnesses, no suspects, no BlackBerry. After a brief run-in with the mayor & his Meeting up with Barack Obama in Chicago for a forum on economics, Joe Biden excuses himself after Obama’s BlackBerry can’t be found and an internet track shows it to be where one of the event ushers said he had to go work after ushing. (Isn’t that what ushers do? Ush?) When Biden gets to the freight yard, it’s just as the usher (Shaun) is being carried out on a gurney with several shots piercing his torso. No witnesses, no suspects, no BlackBerry. After a brief run-in with the mayor & his sidearms, Joe goes to Obama’s and they decide to find out who took the BlackBerry and likely shot Shaun. Mixing in with a church of ex-criminals, of all ages, and a hi-profile rapper, it’s a head swivel of who, what and where. Michelle cameos often and even Oprah sidelines. With a series of twist, turns and topples, this duo uncovers crime, saves lives, chases a leprechaun, and has ice cream in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition inspired Navy Pier Ferris Wheel. And all in one very tiring day. Picturing their faces throughout adds to the humor. Best scene (and there’s a lot of competition) is the tour boat “old man Bloomin’ Onion” one. Classic! Great dialogue, fun characters (even the bad ones) and snarky suspense wraps this up cool. Cool like a pair of aviator glasses. Joe Cool!
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  • Kathi Rauscher
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun read to start my summer. I think I may have enjoyed this one more than the first. I love the lightheartedness of the relationship between the two factionalized characters of Biden and Obama.
  • Joan Happel
    January 1, 1970
    Joe Biden and Barack Obama are back in this 2nd installment from Andrew Shaffer. This time the duo find themselves in Chicago (my home town), where Barack has traveled to attend a global economic forum. While on a book tour, Joe meets up with Barack in order to be introduced to someone who may be able to help him in his bid for the 2020 Presidential election. Barack’s Blackberry is stolen from the green room, and Joe suspects a young Shaun Denton, a teenager he has just met and to whom he has ta Joe Biden and Barack Obama are back in this 2nd installment from Andrew Shaffer. This time the duo find themselves in Chicago (my home town), where Barack has traveled to attend a global economic forum. While on a book tour, Joe meets up with Barack in order to be introduced to someone who may be able to help him in his bid for the 2020 Presidential election. Barack’s Blackberry is stolen from the green room, and Joe suspects a young Shaun Denton, a teenager he has just met and to whom he has taken a liking. When Joe decides to try and track down Shaun and the missing Blackberry, he instead finds Shaun shot and unconscious. Joe and Barack join forces once again to discover who shot Shaun and why. This is a witty, offbeat and rollicking caper that has these BFF dodging St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his henchman and wending their way through the sometimes gritty and crime ridden neighborhoods of Chicago narrowly escaping one predicament only to find themselves embroiled in another. Irreverent and fun, this is a great escape!Thank you to Quirk Books and NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Zish
    January 1, 1970
    Fun! Potentially better than the first?? I haven’t decided. Also, will there be another?
  • James Tullos
    January 1, 1970
    I was supplied with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/EauG6pQjNqYI have trouble going on for very long about this book. Just like its predecessor, it's really funny, and it's a light read (mostly). I mean, the very concept is just absurdly hilarious. Barack Obama and Joe Biden go to Chicago and they try to solve the mystery of who shot one of their friends. Even setting that aside, there's some great comedy in here, a I was supplied with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See my full thoughts here: https://youtu.be/EauG6pQjNqYI have trouble going on for very long about this book. Just like its predecessor, it's really funny, and it's a light read (mostly). I mean, the very concept is just absurdly hilarious. Barack Obama and Joe Biden go to Chicago and they try to solve the mystery of who shot one of their friends. Even setting that aside, there's some great comedy in here, and it's short so I was enjoying myself just about all the way through.The mystery is good too, the pieces are all there to figure out what happened before the climax comes and tells you, which is always a good sign. I'd be lying if I said that was the main appeal, but it's a huge plus.Here's the thing... while the quality of Hope Rides Again is the same as the last book, the context surrounding it is different. A year ago, Joe Biden was just a retired politician. Now he's a serious presidential candidate that we have to view through a critical lens. So it's harder to look at him as this silly character that he appears as here. But maybe you're better at looking past that than me.If you like absurdist humor with an edge of (milquetoast) social commentary, then this series is for you.
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  • Marion
    January 1, 1970
    Hope Rides Again by Andrew Shaffer is a rollicking, fast-paced story with former Vice President Joe Biden as the narrator. The escapes of President Obama and VP Biden are fun to read and truth be told, hard to put down. Looking forward to reading their next adventure!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    There is a second book!
  • Sergiy
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review, I will try to stay unbiased in my review.A sequel to Hope Never dies, this book continues the comical adventures of Biden and Obama, with a return appearance of Obama's secret service agent from the first book. On the plus side this book addressed a lot of the issues I had with the first installment of the series. The character of Obama was far better fleshed out and far less a caricature than the first book. On the I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review, I will try to stay unbiased in my review.A sequel to Hope Never dies, this book continues the comical adventures of Biden and Obama, with a return appearance of Obama's secret service agent from the first book. On the plus side this book addressed a lot of the issues I had with the first installment of the series. The character of Obama was far better fleshed out and far less a caricature than the first book. On the other hand I found myself enjoying the book less as doubts swirled in my head regarding the treatment of race in the story and characters. Admittedly the book is very funny and similarly to what another reviewer noted I found myself chuckling along through pretty much every chapter. I think the problem for me comes with reading the book at the same time as Biden goes on the campaign trail and blunders heavily on race issues. Almost presciently Andrew Schaffer sees this as a potential failing of Biden and his awkwardness on race definitely becomes a plot point. The problem for me is where the line becomes blurred between the awkwardness of real-life-biden, fictional-biden, and the way Andrew Schaffer writes black characters vs. the very real race issues in America today. This awkwardness doesn't come through in the writing, rather this is something that I have projected onto the story myself while ruminating and formulating my thoughts on the book over the last week or so.From a certain point of view it makes sense to set the 2nd book in Obama's adoptive hometown of Chicago as the first one was set in Biden's home state of Delaware. Unfortunately when writing a comedy/mystery set in Chicago's south side Andrew Schaffer wanders into a racially charged minefield. Whether through sheer luck, or some serious research he doesn't seem to pull off anything too bad here, after all this is Chicago where everyone's supposed to be a little crooked regardless of their race. Honestly I don't know how much of this is stemming from the real-life-biden's exchange with Kamala Harris on the debate stages and some of his comments in the weeks leading up to that. This might just be me overthinking this.Regardless of the above concerns Hope Rides Again is a nice escape hatch into the heyday of the Obama Biden bromance meme. If you enjoyed the first book I can definitely recommend this one, the plot is better, the jokes are still hilarious and the mystery will grab you. I couldn't put the book down while I was reading it and it was only later that I started agonizing over the book in relation to current events.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to get en E-ARC from Edelweiss. I absolutely LOVED book one in this series. I have shared it with so many people because it was absolutely perfect, in my humble opinion.Book 2 was still great, but didn't live up to the first one for me. There were a lot more political lines in this one. The opinions of the current administration were blatantly stated rather than the subtlety that was mixed into book 1. I also felt that the bromance in this one was more contrived. It didn't I was fortunate enough to get en E-ARC from Edelweiss. I absolutely LOVED book one in this series. I have shared it with so many people because it was absolutely perfect, in my humble opinion.Book 2 was still great, but didn't live up to the first one for me. There were a lot more political lines in this one. The opinions of the current administration were blatantly stated rather than the subtlety that was mixed into book 1. I also felt that the bromance in this one was more contrived. It didn't flow as well. Biden's bold statements were almost over the top at times, and that didn't fit with the feel of the first book. I will still recommend this series to any reader because it's light, fun, and who can actually resist this duo?! However, I thought the first book was done in a much more neutral tone, and appeals to any reader rather than the select audience that will appreciate book 2.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I received Hope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, #2) through a Goodreads Giveaway.I hadn't read the first book in the Obama Biden Mysteries series before receiving Hope Rides Again, but after reading this book I can't help but want to read it! This was a hilariously fun and short read, perfect for an afternoon break from the stresses of life.After seeing all the bromance memes about Obama and Biden I absolutely needed them in written form, and this book delivers. While some of the language fr I received Hope Rides Again (Obama Biden Mysteries, #2) through a Goodreads Giveaway.I hadn't read the first book in the Obama Biden Mysteries series before receiving Hope Rides Again, but after reading this book I can't help but want to read it! This was a hilariously fun and short read, perfect for an afternoon break from the stresses of life.After seeing all the bromance memes about Obama and Biden I absolutely needed them in written form, and this book delivers. While some of the language from the point of view of Biden was a little out of there, it was still a delightful book and I highly recommend it for anyone needing some laughs.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I heard the news today and it's good news: Uncle Joe's running for president! This wild caper has some glorious dialogue. For example:B What I'm trying to say is don't take this the wrong way...but if you let out one more of them old man Bloomin' Onion seam-splitters in here, I'm going to feed you to the catfish.I clenched my butt cheeks tight as a snare drum. I hadn't even been aware that my air whistle was letting off steam.J It's not me. You've got the wrong man.B Joe.J I'm being serious.B Ye I heard the news today and it's good news: Uncle Joe's running for president! This wild caper has some glorious dialogue. For example:B What I'm trying to say is don't take this the wrong way...but if you let out one more of them old man Bloomin' Onion seam-splitters in here, I'm going to feed you to the catfish.I clenched my butt cheeks tight as a snare drum. I hadn't even been aware that my air whistle was letting off steam.J It's not me. You've got the wrong man.B Joe.J I'm being serious.B Yeah? Then tell me; where'd you eat last night?Outback Steakhouse.He had me dead to rights, and he knew it. Son of a gumshoe.B You're mad.J I'm not.B I don't understand why you get mad about this stuff, Joe. Everybody farts.J "Everybody Farts." Is that one of the books you're writing on your new contract?B I wrote one picture book. That was enough -Like the song goes, "You just don't know what you got till it's gone."I miss these, two; in real life.
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  • Casey
    January 1, 1970
    I'll admit that I had to put aside my feelings about Joe Biden, presidential candidate in order to read and enjoy this novel. If you too can forget that malarkey (sorry, necessary), then I think you'll enjoy Joe teaming up with a beige suit-wearing former president for a new mystery. Shaffer's Biden has all of the folksy charm and compassion for his fellow man with gaffes that won't make you cringe nearly so much as reality. What happens when Obama's beloved Blackberry goes missing backstage at I'll admit that I had to put aside my feelings about Joe Biden, presidential candidate in order to read and enjoy this novel. If you too can forget that malarkey (sorry, necessary), then I think you'll enjoy Joe teaming up with a beige suit-wearing former president for a new mystery. Shaffer's Biden has all of the folksy charm and compassion for his fellow man with gaffes that won't make you cringe nearly so much as reality. What happens when Obama's beloved Blackberry goes missing backstage at an event while Michelle is off brunching with Oprah? Well, you'll have to read to find out.
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  • Belva Shelor
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. They are hilarious. The situations Joe and Barry get themselves in are so ridiculous, well you just laugh. What I also love is how well the author captures the voice of Joe, Barack, and Michelle. To me it shows the authors talent. One last thing I love about this series is how it addresses the current administration without addressing the current administration. Very clever.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    The second in the series is just as hilarious as the first! It had another good mystery dealing with the gang and drug problem in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day. And the conversation between Obama and Biden about Biden's gas problem will forever make me laugh.
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  • Lisa Swope
    January 1, 1970
    You never think about the Secret Service except to be glad they exist. But wow, throughout this book, I felt bad for Steve, Obama's bodyguard, trying to keep Joe Biden in line as he and Obama sought justice for one of Obama's Rising Stars. I also loved that Michelle, time and again, was the ace in the hole. Come back to us, Michelle!
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  • Tex
    January 1, 1970
    This was so much fun--good as a relaxing beach read. I laughed out loud and got to feel good about my some leaders. Just imagine a summer adventure movie where the heroes are a former President and Vice President who just happen to want to take care of things that need taking care of. A romp!
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    A romp with the buds Joe and Barack, on Obama's home turf. Fun escapism, with a few needles at the current administration here and there.
  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Just as good as the first one!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Living in the Chicago burbs I enjoyed seeing Rahm and other Chicago-esque characters. It's a pulp noir with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, I'd read ten more.
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