A patrol of the French Foreign Legion, which had been scheduled to return, remains absent for three days beyond their anticipated arrival date. When they eventually appear at Fort Dini Salam, they are bound on horseback, subjected to brutal torture and mutilation, and quickly succumb to their wounds. One patrol member, a blond South African, is missing, having been captured by El Karima, the princess of the Dulacs, and taken to the capital, Dutra, to be executed on the hill of the mountain eagles. As he faces his impending death, the South African receives a reprieve from an old friend who also holds a grudge against El Karima. Before attempting to escape from Dutra, the South African, named Teuns, decides to steal the Dulac’s sacred “Sword of Dutra” from El Karima’s palace.

Meanwhile, the commanding officers at Dini Salam receive orders from the High Command in France to eliminate El Karima, who has too much French blood on her hands. Captain D’Arlan, known as the Houdini of the Sahara, proposes an ingenious plan to Colonel Le Clerq, the commanding officer at Dini Salam. Although it is risky, it is a unique strategy that the French Foreign Legion has never attempted. With only sixty men at his disposal, D’Arlan leads his soldiers into the Sahara desert to execute his plan. Although they are successful in defeating the first Dulac patrol, D’Arlan’s secret plan is so shocking that El Karima sends out five hundred Arabs to confront them. Although the Legion becomes encircled, they are not defeated. In response, El Karima herself leads two thousand Dulacs in an attempt to eliminate D’Arlan and his sixty men in the desert.

While this is happening, Teuns manages to steal the Sword of Dutra and escape, but he is subsequently recaptured. However, he escapes once more with the aid of a natural phenomenon, before finally reaching D’Arlan and his soldiers. As they face the attack from El Karima and her army of two thousand Dulacs, the Legion’s water, and ammunition begin to dwindle. In a moment of great desperation, Teuns takes matters into his own hands, doing something so unexpected and beyond belief that causes great chaos in the Sahara desert and takes everybody by surprise…


  • 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!