Captain D’Arlan of the French Foreign Legion, along with twenty of his handpicked soldiers, sets out on a mission to bestow a medal upon an old Arab residing in the Sahara desert. The reason being that the Arab tribe has been maintaining peaceful relations with the Foreign Legion for over seven decades. However, on their way, they witness a caravan of camels being attacked by a contingent of one hundred and fifty Legion soldiers.

As if the mere fact that the assailants were members of the Legion was not enough, Teuns Stegmann, the blond South African serving in the Legion, discovers something from the sand that deepens the mystery even further. Upon reaching the oasis of the Arab tribe they intend to honor, they are confronted by the very Arabs they had hoped to salute, who had been attacked by the peaceful Foreign Legion soldiers, resulting in the abduction of their young men, women, and children. Great confusion and chaos ensued, and D’Arlan decided to spend the night there before attempting to resolve the matter.

However, during the night, D’Arlan and his men are overpowered by the same Legion soldiers and taken to a secret tent village in the desert. There, they are hypnotized by a German and coerced into providing the Arabs with training on a clandestine weapon. Shortly thereafter, El Karima, the white princess of the Dulacs, arrives and takes everyone to her capital, Dutra. She is still in love with private Teuns Stegmann, and due to his hypnotic state, she treats him in her palace while his comrades train the Arab soldiers.

Following the “treason” of the Legion in attacking Arab tribes and abducting their people, all Arab tribes unite and march towards the Dini Salam fort, surrounding it in their thousands. Colonel Le Clerq, the commanding officer of Dini Salam, receives a perplexing message about his captain’s betrayal from the Arabs, and he hastens to prepare himself and his fort for the impending attack that will annihilate them.

Teuns Stegmann is eventually released from his hypnotic state by one of his allies and recognizes that he must hurry to fort Dini Salam to alert the colonel about the situation as soon as possible. With his valor and ingenuity, Teuns ultimately manages to escape with his men from Dutra, but the Legion soldiers who had earlier kidnapped them, along with El Karima’s Dulacs, are hot on their heels. During their pursuit towards Dini Salam, they stumble upon something in a cave that stuns and astonishes everyone.

In the interim, Dini Salam is attacked by approximately twenty thousand Arabs, and Colonel Le Clerq and Lieutenant Juin make every effort to prevent one brutal assault after another. However, aid from Headquarters is refused, and it appears that fort Dini Salam is fated to suffer defeat, but then something unusual occurs among the Arab hordes assembled around fort Dini Salam...


  • 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!