In December 2016, we told you that Wesley Snipes was at the time writing his very first novel titled Talon of God, which was described as a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation, in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth.

Co-written with Ray Norman, further breakdown for Talon of God from the press release reads: Imagine that everyone you have ever known or loved was forced against their will into a state of demonic possession and spiritual slavery. Imagine an unholy cabal of the world’s richest and most powerful men directing this sinister plan in order to cement their unbridled control of the planet. Imagine two heroes emerging from that darkness to do battle with the forces of evil. Set in the mean streets of Chicago, “Talon of God” is the action-packed adventure centered around Lauryn Jefferson, a beautiful young doctor who is dragged into a seemingly impossible battle against the invisible forces of Satan’s army and their human agents that are bent on enslaving humanity in a mission to establish the kingdom of hell on Earth. But Lauryn is a skeptic, and it’s only as she sees a diabolical drug sweep her city and begins to train in the ways of a spirit warrior by the legendary man of God, Talon Hunter, that she discovers her true nature and inner strength. Facing dangerous trials and tests, it’s a true baptism by fire. And if they fail, millions could die. And rivers of blood would flow throughout the land. Get ready. Armageddon approaches quickly.

We’ve now learned that Talon of God will be published by Harper Collins imprint Harper Voyager, on July 25, 2017 (hardcover, paperback, audiobook, audio CD and eBook). Ahead of that premiere date, the publisher has released a “first-look” at Talon of God by sharing both its cover as well as a lengthy excerpt from the novel, which you’ll find embedded below.

As this is a film, TV and web series blog, it’s worth mentioning that Snipes did say, at the time of the novel’s announcement last year, that he “can’t wait to see if this story finds life in other forms.” And by “other forms” we assumed that he was referring to potential film, TV or web series adaptations of the novel. You’ll recall that, just over a year ago, Mr. Snipes inked a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television that will see the actor develop and produce a diverse slate of projects via his Maandi Media shingle. So why not an adaptation of his first novel.

“It’s very exciting to be putting on my producing hat again,” the actor said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to reuniting with the studio responsible for the success of my film ‘The Fan.’”

Check out the book cover and an excerpt from Talon of God below courtesy of Harper Voyager: