What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include a new novel by actor Wesley Snipes, and two tasty mysteries for teens.
Talon of God by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman; Harper Voyager, 368 pp.; fiction
Got a cloaked warrior fighting evil at night and carrying one seriously epic sword? Naturally, you need Wesley Snipes involved.
Talon of God isn’t a Blade movie, and Snipes isn’t playing an action-film character. Instead, the actor makes his debut as a novelist with a supernatural adventure about the war between angels and demons — literal and metaphorical — on the streets of Chicago.
Talon centers on young ER doctor Lauryn Jefferson, who’s become estranged from her strict Baptist preacher dad and rapper younger brother.
After getting off a long shift at the hospital one night, she encounters something surreal: one of her patients, a homeless man, turns into an otherworldly monster. Then the situation doubles down on the weird when a tall stranger on a motorcycle walks into her life and saves the day with old-school weaponry and holy water.
Lauryn and the stoic protector named Talon unearth a plot to use a sulfur-laced drug additive laced to infect the populace of the Windy City and ready them for a mass demon possession.
USA TODAY says *** out of four stars. “Snipes has just as much punch with a keyboard as with his fists… the realm of urban fantasy has an impressive new disciple.”
And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin; Dial Books, 416 pp.; fiction
A clever title play on the Agatha Christie book, And Then There Were Four focuses on five teens at a prestigious academy who are brought together, only to have their meeting place cave in on them. After one dies in a car accident, the survivors begin to suspect their parents and relatives.