In the second narrative penned by Meiring Fouche, the French Foreign Legion once again encounters El Karima, the white princess of the Dulac nation, who had not forgotten the humiliation she endured six months prior at the hands of the tall, blonde South African Teuns Stegmann. Stegmann had not only betrayed her love but had also nearly destroyed her entire nation.

During one of their routine patrols through the sweltering Sahara desert, Sergeant Vermeer and his soldiers come across two dead horses that two women had ridden. To their horror, they discover that one of the women is the wife of Colonel Le Clerq, the commanding officer of Dini Salam.

Soon after, a sheik arrives at the fort and demands that Teuns Stegmann accompany him to Dutra, the stronghold of El Karima’s Dulacs. In exchange for Teuns, El Karima will release the wife of Colonel Le Clerq. However, Colonel Le Clerq rejects the demand, leaving Teuns Stegmann with no other option but to escape from the fort with the Arab, despite his commanding officer’s objections. In Dutra, Teuns quickly realizes that El Karima is a woman who fails to keep her promises when he refuses to reciprocate her love for him. Moreover, she refuses to release the colonel’s wife even when he fights a giant man with his bare hands. El Karima then decides to have Teuns and the French wife of Colonel Le Clerq killed in Dini Salam by having them torn apart between two horses, but this fact is unknown to the commanders in Dini Salam.

Help comes from an unexpected source when someone informs them of El Karima’s plan. She demands that the entire garrison of Dini Salam should vacate the fort, unarmed, and only then will she release the wife of Colonel Le Clerq. Captain D’Arlan, the Houdini of the desert, has his hands full trying to rescue the soldiers and the prisoners. As if all of that is not enough, Colonel Le Clerq does something that shakes them to their core.


  • Pieter Haasbroek
    10 Apr 2023

    Dr. Frans Alwyn Venter (27 November 1916 - 8 July 1997) grew up in difficult times. The periods when he farmed, it was mainly during the depression years and he had to endure various droughts on top of that. However, these tough years gave him the maturity and determination to come up with his wonderful stories, which are still highly in demand today and will continue to be. Nothing was easy in his life, and he had to work very hard to make it a success. He was not someone who had time for nonsense. As a kind of a loner, he did not have much regard for all kinds of groups. He nevertheless had a great appreciation and respect for nature, his language, his people, his history, and especially his fellow man. It was always a pleasure and delight for him, when he met someone, to first strike up a quick conversation with the person, to get to know the person better rather than being interested in what the person could do for him. Truly a remarkable and very rare trait that commands respect and admiration. F.A. Venter was undoubtedly a phenomenal writer, whose equal is difficult to find. His field of writing was broad and each of his books is difficult to put down before one has even finished reading it. He wrote only a few books under his name. Other pseudonyms he used for his books were Meiring Fouche, Marius de Jongh, Elske te Water, and Rene Stegman. However, he wrote most of his books under the pseudonym Meiring Fouche and quickly reached great heights, especially with his four “Trek” books, Offerland, Gelofte Land, Geknelde Land, and Bedoelde Land. His book Man van Cirene is widely regarded as the most popular and was translated into several languages shortly after its publication. In total, F.A. Venter wrote more than ninety softcover books and more than forty hardcover books! He also wrote several short stories for magazines and newspapers and his books are still in demand and extremely popular with young and old. What made him so unique as a writer was the fact that with his writing style, he had the exceptional ability to conjure up a whole story in your head with one sentence or a few sentences that you could associate with or see play out in your mind’s eye. You only need to read the first one or two paragraphs of any of his books to be immediately captivated and held captive in the given story until you have read the last page of the book. Together with excellent descriptions of all his stories, with the fewest words possible, it makes the reader look forward to reading his next book. In this Sahara Adventure series, you meet Teuns Stegmann, an extremely brave, clever, and talented South African. His brother’s fighter plane was shot down over the mighty Sahara Desert by a German pilot during World War II. Desert Arabs captured him and later killed him before he could escape. To avenge his brother’s death, Teuns then left his beautiful wine farm in the Hex River Valley in South Africa and joined the French Foreign Legion in North Africa. There he quickly made great friends with a Pole, an Italian, an Englishman, and a German. Together, the five of them had to face the mighty Sahara desert with all its dangers that lurked around every corner. If it’s not the Arabs threatening their lives, it’s some crazy professor who wants to use secret gas to wipe out their Foreign Legion soldiers. With one exciting and action-packed adventure after another coming their way, it is Teuns Stegmann’s brilliant mind and incredible bravery that repeatedly save them from trouble. This series of forty books in the Sahara Adventure series, written by F.A. Venter under the pseudonym Meiring Fouche, will stay with you forever. It is without a doubt a Sahara series of stories without equality that both young and old can enjoy. So, if you like stories that are top-notch and set in the mighty and deadly Sahara desert, then this series is just for you. It is so well-written that you will want to take it out of your story bookcase every five years to reread and enjoy it all over again. With a warm cup of coffee or a glass of wine in hand, there is nothing that beats this series for action and adventure!