Reason Why I Picked This Book Up:
I honestly walked by this book maybe two or three times at work before my curiosity finally won out. At first I was like “Nah, can’t be that Wesley Snipes.” and then I was like “YOOOOOO, Wesley Snipes wrote a book y’all!” After reading the synopsis I thought that it sounded interesting enough to warrant a read.
Synopsis (from inner flap):
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 the 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.
Imagine such horror. Such pain. And imagine what it would take to fight against it. For only the strongest and most faithful will survive…
Get ready. Armageddon approaches quickly.
✮Writing Style |✮Plot | ☆Character Development | ★Setting |★Uniqueness
(in case you’re wondering: ✮ = 1/2 star)
First off, I really enjoyed that this book was set in inner city Chicago. It felt like an excellent urban setting for Armageddon. I couldn’t imagine any other city (well, maybe New York but it would have felt very cliche) as the setting for this novel. I also appreciated that Snipes and Norman drew attention to the way in which drug addicts can potentially be viewed by police officers, medics, and society in general. I thought it was very unique that the authors chose to use drug addiction, along with addiction in general, as a catalyst for demonic possession. It was a very interesting element of the story and it worked excellently with the theme and setting.
As a slight warning for my non-religious/non Christian readers; Yes, this book does lean heavily on Christianity. However, there is no call for the reader to become a Christian and there is no belittling of other religions. I will say there is a lot of talk of God, quoting of biblical verses, and the typical “Christ saves” spiel but for the most part, I found the religious tones to be rather well done and not too preachy.
THE SHOULDER SHRUG
For the things that were kinda ~meh~.
The writing style was a bit hit or miss. You can tell that certain parts were written by either Snipes or Norman and as a result the story tended to have some hitches and hangups. There were also moments where the dialogue felt incredibly stilted or unrealistic, which really didn’t help with the overall flow of the novel. However, the way in which the character’s emotions and the settings were described was pretty well done; enough to earn half a star in terms of writing style. In terms of the plot, I really enjoyed the pacing for the first 3/4 of this novel. I enjoyed how different characters were introduced and how their introductions served to move the plot line forward. Yet, by the time I hit the last fourth I was struggling to not skim read the rest. The last chunk could have been tied up a lot quicker, especially in regards to how the book ended; there was absolutely no need to drag out the last chunk. Honestly, the last chunk could have been condensed into 10, maybe 15, pages max and a few characters really didn’t need the amount of page time they received.
THE FACE PALM
For the thing/s that kinda sucked.
There is almost zero character development in this novel. I would describe it as if Snipes and Norman wrote one version of the character, sat down and wrote an ~updated~ version and then just decided to yell out “through the power of Christ these characters have been changed!” and bam – updated version enters the story. Not denying that the power of Christ can indeed change a person, but dang, I need something about how the character feels about their changes and what their thought process was; not just a sudden “This is me now” type of development.
I don’t tend to read a lot of Urban Fantasy, but this was definitely a pretty cool approach to the genre. Now, before you go and assume that it’s Urban Fantasy because it’s written by two black men let me just tell you that Urban Fantasy refers to fantasy novels set in an urban setting – i.e. a city and not an imaginary place. I had to check a patron on that when they complained that calling it “urban fantasy” was racist. I would also argue that this book could also be considered Christian Fiction/Fantasy because the religious tone of the novel is that strong.
NOW, in terms of who I would recommend this book to;
- People transiting from YA -> Adult fantasy/fiction
- People who read Urban Fiction and want to try a different genre
- Readers of Christian Fiction who want to read something grittier
- Fans of Wesley Snipes – because this is a very Wesley Snipes type of story.
Let me know if you’ve read this book before and what your thoughts were! Also let me know if you think this a book that you might read at some point in time!
Hope you have a wonderful day & read a wonderful book!