Panda in the Park

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Phil Temples is a science fiction writer who with wit, irony, and street smarts brings a familiar, and a very bizarre world side by side. His story– about an alien and a rather hapless chap in South Boston, explores the mean streets , as well as revealing the human condition in a very unique way.

—Doug Holder/Co-president of the New England Poetry Club

Panda in the Park offers a thrilling experience for science fiction enthusiasts, encompassing action, adventure, warfare, unexpected twists, extraterrestrial elements, and the heartwarming friendship between Mr. P and Sean. The narrative is so captivating that it calls out for a sequel, and its cinematic potential is undeniable. This story is a movie in the making.”

—Gloria Mindock, award-winning author of Grief Touched the Sky at Night

Simply stated, Panda in the Park is a gas––a genuinely fun novel. A wonderful distraction at a time when an alien form from outer space seems more normal and embraceable than many Earthlings. Temples has given us something to lift us from our gloomy post-pandemic malaise, and we thank him for that. The tale he weaves between these pages constitutes a valuable service to all readers. Take a well-deserved stroll in the park this imaginative author has devised for our consummate enjoyment.

—Michael C. Keith, author The Loneliness Channel and Bodies in Recline

Panda In The Park is an exciting romp in a future Boston. Temples can make aliens seem human and humans seem alien.  It’s a good ride.  Enjoy the fate of local landmarks and latter day Bostonians!

Luke Salisbury, author No Common WarThe Answer is Baseball, and Hollywood & Sunset

Believe it or not—and Phil Temples deftly makes you believe it—some members of an alien warrior race that looks like Giant Pandas are fighting as mercenaries in earth wars. But one of them, Mr. P, isn’t interested in fighting wars, so he deserts and ends up in South Boston with his buddy Sean, dodging earth mercenaries who want to capture him and imprison him to study his ESP powers. It’s as if Douglas Adams and Dennis Lehane collaborated on a novel—and who wouldn’t want to read that?”

—Lawrence Kessenich, author of the novel Cinnamon Girl