Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, June 20, 2012 / “Baden-Powell’s Beads” by Paul D. Parsons

Today’s featured book is Baden-Powell’s Beads by Paul D. Parsons.

"Baden-Powell's Beads" by Paul D. Parsons

“Baden-Powell’s Beads” by Paul D. Parsons

Why I chose this book:

A dying patient. A strange wooden bead. A murderous band of Zulus. Homeland Security agents. Historically accurate events. First book from Parsons.

“I’ve searched for you.” The patient struggled to get the words out. “There are…more.” “More what, Mr. Baroni?” Perspiration beaded on the old man’s upper lip and and his already pale complexion blanched. He pulled Freeman closer and gasped, “I’m sorry, find the others…”

In Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. David Freeman is given a strange wooden bead by a dying patient and soon finds himself pursued by a murderous band of Zulus, thought to be responsible for the gruesome murders of three elderly gentlemen in London, England.

Homeland Security agents, Patrick Dartson and Adnan Fazeph, are assigned the case and discover Freeman’s bead to be one of those passed along to the world’s first Scoutmasters in 1919 by Lord Baden-Powell in England. The Zulus are not content to merely steal the talisman but feel it necessary to ritually behead the owner in order to restore the bead’s power. Much of the beads’ history and power remains a mystery and the Zulus may not be alone in their pursuit. The agents devise a plot to capture the Zulus alive but can they succeed before Freeman and his girlfriend, Pam Blanchard, become their next victims?

Baden-Powell’s Beads, the first book in the Beads series, is based on the true story of Zulu beads recovered in the Boer War. Author Paul Parsons uses historially accurate events and religious history to weave a gripping, fast-pased thriller that keeps readers enthralled until the very end.

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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