Wesley Snipes’ (@wesleysnipes) Novel Debut Lands At HarperCollins Imprint For 2017

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Wesley Snipes at arrivals for Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards 2015, The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2015. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection

Can we get a round of applause for actor Wesley Snipes who can now add ‘author’ to his resume?

Wesley Snipes has penned his debut novel “Talon of God” which is a supernatural thriller that will be co-authored by Ray Norman.

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“Talon of God”‘s lead characters are 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.

In a sit down with Deadline, Wesley Snipes described the premise by saying:

“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.” 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 also revealed that he and Norman developed the book with the intention of an eventual screen adaptation. “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.”

The actor said he’s been working on the book with Norman for two years, and that the two met after contemplating an earlier project together. Norman is a first-time novelist who has ghost-written books on health, nutrition and spiritual self-help.

Asked about the role of faith in the book, Snipes said, “There are spiritual questions. Are there demonic forces in the world that manipulate us into doing things that are not in our best interests or into accepting conditions that are not in our best interests? The human mind is pretty intriguing, why we do some of the things we do.”

Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of "Chi-Raq" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of “Chi-Raq” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Snipes compared the tone of the novel to films The Devil’s Advocate, Constantine“and little bits of Blade thrown in there.”

Who’s hitting up Barnes and Nobles in July of next year?

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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