*HarperCollins is taking a chance on Wesley Snipes as a first time author.
The publishing house announced that its imprint, Harper Voyager, will put out his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Talon of God, reports Deadline. The book, co-authored with Ray Norman, is due in July.
The novel follows main characters Lauren Jefferson, a young doctor who becomes embroiled in an apocalyptic battle between the forces of heaven and hell; and Talon Hunter, a spirit warrior.
“There are spiritual warriors that inhabit this planet who are here to help balance out the evil forces, and they are always looking for the next apprentice. And when they find the next apprentice to train — the next heir apparent — then they can move on to the higher realms,” Snipes explained to Deadline. The reluctant Lauren is chosen.
“The lead character Lauren is a very spiritual person,” Snipes said. “A spiritual woman, and her father is a minister who is put to the challenge. Lauren has been chosen to be a Holy Warrior here on Earth. She’s a doctor; her father is a Baptist minister.”
Snipes said he and Norman developed the book hoping to eventually adapt it for the screen.. “Without a doubt,” Snipes said, adding he specifically wrote a strong female lead “to bridge the gap in terms of equality of action content for women.” Snipes said the book has “an urban element, a hip-hop element, supernatural elements.”
Snipes compared the tone of the novel to films The Devil’s Advocate, Constantine “and little bits of Blade thrown in there.”
Harper Voyager, the fantasy/sci-fi imprint of HarperCollins, will publish the novel July 25. Harper Voyager Executive Editor David Pomerico acquired North American rights to the book.