“Merle Temple is a great storyteller, writing to all of your senses. He weaves a story so detailed and complex, yet beautifully sinister, that the reader is immersed in the feeling of absolute reality.”Jim Clemente, Criminal Minds, Hollywood.
"Merle Temple’s title, A Ghostly Shade of Pale, is enough to send a shiver up my spine, something I normally shy away from, but I fell for his language as a fan of Southern fiction..The tone of the novel is part gothic, part mystery, part thriller and all stratagem, as we follow the rather naïve drug enforcement agent Michael Parker climbing the at times crooked career ladder in drug enforcement while simultaneously descending into a dangerous underground world. Temple has provided a very new twist on a time period he has the background and authority to talk about. It opens with a murder and doesn’t let go. I look forward to the sequel."Gila Green, Israel, AuthorKing of the Class
“…the press is just beginning to jump on board to something that’s about to get as hot as a drug deal gone bad with automatic weapons and kilos of cocaine flying around. The book may be fiction but its writer is not. He’s lived the life and survived it – with his faith intact.”Mark Stowers, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi.
“The drug war is on . . . and we should all be afraid. Merle Temple takes the reader into a 1960s world of violence and mystery, and creates characters that are chillingly sinister, especially the evil Fredrick, who may haunt your nightmares for a very long time. This story blends action with a literary style that only grows in the Deep South. Romance and brutality merge in this debut novel by a promising author. Not for the faint of heart.”Adele Elliott, Real Media Radio.
“Temple’s first-hand knowledge of gun battles, drug deals gone bad, corrupt politicians, and law enforcement officials, makes the scenes and pages come to life.”The Oxford Eagle.
“Suspense-driven…a compelling read from cover to cover…memories have their way with him so those raw emotions would surface and be laid bare on page after page of remembrances in order for his readers to feel what he felt…”Southern Writer’s Magazine.
“Are you in search of a fascinating gift for your favorite reading enthusiast? Look no further than an offering by a Mississippi native who lays battered emotions bare for all to see. Kudos also to Merle Temple for drawing readers into an emotional story with using profanity or sex as a crutch.”Town and Gown Magazine
“Through his engaging character and alter-ego, Michael Parker…Mr. Temple has woven together the elements of a powerful Mystery-Suspense that left this reader's heart pounding! KB Schaller, Author, Gray Rainbow Journey.
“Temple has the ability to bring his readers to a very personal place, allowing them to resonate with him as an author and with characters in his novel…what an amazing story (he) has shared with his readers.”The Daily Mississippian (Ole Miss).
“The sheer beauty of the words…Magic!”Arlene Uslander, Author, Mystery of Fate.
“He captures the times as only an eyewitness could. The parallels of truth and fiction are intriguing.”Dr. Chester Quarles, Author, Terrorism, Avoidance and Survival.
“…a first class read. Temple exhibits a respect for the intelligence and imagination of his reader which is rare among today's authors. When you finish, you will know that this talented writer has escorted you through the maze of good and evil so that you are the richer for it.”Thomas Coleman, Mississippi Appeals Court Judge (Retired).
“Terrific! Recommend it highly!”Paul Rogers, WBZM, Orlando.
“Ghostly gives a clear and vivid history of the greed, crime, and corruption that was flourishing unchecked in Northeast MS in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Throughout the retelling of some struggles between good/bad, goodness/evil, and beauty/ugliness, Merle Temple is able to present a respect not only for the characters in the book, but even for the reader, that I have not experienced before in this type of literature. I highly recommend Ghostly and…look forward to the second part of the trilogy.”Jan Ballard, Yarn Spinners Book Club
“Just finished reading A Ghostly Shade of Pale and was totally entranced with Merle Temple's description of the war on drugs. As one of those first Agents in the Bureau sent out to slay the dragon, all we had was a belief that we were the good guys. Merle was one of the few that had the fortitude and moral fiber to survive the danger and demands of the job. He lived the life of Michael and has transposed his experiences into a story where we can all feel the emotions and excitement of infiltrating the underworld. A truly riveting and compelling novel.”Richard Todd, former Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent.
“A fast-paced, succinct thriller. Set in the halcyon days of the late 60's - of Vietnam, free love and a tsunami of mind altering substances. It chronicles the rise of Michael Parker, from earnest, young Drug Enforcement Officer; and his journey through the subterranean world of the drug culture, to a wiser more cynical captain of his own team of dedicated soldiers in the war on drugs. His prose is fluid and engaging. This is a first novel to be proud of.”Barbra-Lee Ricketts, Author, This is White Country, Australia.
“From part truths, part fiction, and personal emotions comes another Mississippi Literary Masterpiece, kudos to the Author....”Mary Frances Mullen, Hattiesburg.
“Early Grisham good, raw stuff and pulls you in many directions. Merle Temple pulls you in and makes you feel every bead of sweat and every bit of tension in the room with Agent Michael Parker. It is truly fantastic!”Dr. John Kenney, Tupelo.
“When I got my hands on this book, I had to read it right through. This is history that we all have to know.”Father Ulf Sanned, Sweden
“The seamless descriptions let you experience every moment. He has a true skill of letting imagination and real life become one. A Ghostly Shade of Pale is hard to put down! May his true and authentic writing skills continue to inspire!”Denise Minnard Campoli, French/Spanish Instructor, Boston, MA.