Blade

Wesley Snipes can soon count himself among a distinguished elite that includes such names as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Miguel de Cervantes, and William Shatner. Yes, the Blade trilogy star will soon be a published novelist. Deadline reports that the supernatural thriller Talon Of God, co-authored with Christian writer Ray Norman (Dangerous Love), will be released by Harper Voyager in July.

Snipes described to Deadline the general idea of his and Norman’s apocalyptic epic of good and evil, which he compares to The Devil’s Advocate, Constantine, and his own Blade franchise.

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 lead character Lauren is a very spiritual person. 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.

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Snipes, who was raised Christian before converting to Islam for a decade, has long had an outspoken interest in spirituality, which he attributes partially to his study of martial arts.

“There are spiritual questions,” Snipes told Deadline of his inspirations. “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.”

But don’t worry, it won’t be all navel-gazing about how many Hunter Talons (the book’s eponymous character) can kick ass on the head of a pin. Snipes promises that it’ll also have “an urban element, a hip-hop element.”

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