Teuns Stegmann, Fritz Mundt, and Jack Ritchie were involved in a bar fight with some Arabs and, as a result, were temporarily transferred to Fort Laval, another French fort located in the Sahara desert, as a form of punishment. When Lieutenant Juin and his relief columns arrived at Fort Laval, they immediately recognized that something was amiss. The fort was empty, and the gates were wide open. While the rest of the men waited outside, Teuns and Fritz joined Lieutenant Juin to investigate the situation inside the fort. However, they were quickly overpowered by Brigitte Bonnet, sister of the previous princess of the Dulacs, who sought revenge for her sister’s death and wanted to destroy the French Foreign Legion.

The thirty men, including Teuns and Fritz, were locked up in the sleeping quarters of the fort without food or water. Soon after, they began to hear bloodcurdling screams of pain, and shortly after that, a soldier was carried out by men wearing rubber gloves. Brigitte Bonnet revealed to them that she possessed a highly secret weapon she wanted to test on all the Legion soldiers. Teuns was selected as the next guinea pig for the cruel experiment, and shortly after, his lifeless body was also carried out of the fort. Fritz and Jack were permitted to retrieve water and food one last time before they were shot dead under the pretense of an escape attempt.

The remaining Legion men became increasingly desperate from hunger and thirst and began to hear strange noises coming from the floor of their sleeping quarters, sounding like Morse code. Brigitte Bonnet searched the fort twice to locate the culprits responsible for the noises but found nothing. The following day, Professor Benesj arrived with more soldiers in a cargo plane to test the impact of the deadly secret weapon on the Legion men. The despondent men awaited help before they were taken to the desert for experimentation. As the final arrangements were being made, chaos erupted in Fort Laval, and one shocking incident followed another.


  • 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!