“Hope Rides Again” is the sequel to “Hope Never Dies,” written by Andrew Shaffer. Shaffer is a New York Times best-selling author and has written other humorous parodies. He did a fantastic job writing “Hope Never Dies,” the first of the Obama/Biden Mysteries, making me laugh out loud every time I read the book. He’s done it again in “Hope Rides Again.”
As one can assume from the title, this book is all about Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama working together to uncover the truth and solve another crime that somehow involves them.
“Hope Rides Again” is written from the point of view of Biden, the former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate. It begins with the dynamic duo reuniting in Chicago at Obama’s economics forum. Biden has decided to stop by the event to support his best friend and, during his quick visit, Obama’s phone is stolen.
Obama has all but decided to forget about it, but then when they remotely wipe the phone and see the current location, Biden immediately has a suspect and needs to get to the bottom of it. Throughout the rest of the book, Biden and Obama work together to uncover the truth behind it all and to find justice.
As the book goes on, they begin to realize there is more going on than what they initially thought. Their limits are tested more so than in the first book and their adventures are more extreme, from a car chase in Chicago to having guns pulled on them. The two become closer than ever, even though at times their friendship is tested.
Through it all, though, they work as a team to get to the bottom of everything that happens.
Like “Hope Never Dies,” this book is also entertaining. It’s light-hearted and funny and a quick read. I don’t think you need to be a supporter of the two to find amusement in the book. It’s not very political, aside from a few comments, so I think it’s something that can appeal to a wide range of readers.
If you’re looking for something enjoyable and slightly out there, this is definitely a book to try.
• “Hope Rides Again” by Andrew Shaffer was published by Penguin Random House in July. It retails for $14.99.
• Emma Allen works for Inklings Bookshop. She and other Inklings staffers review books in this space every week.