Reading the fourth story from Meiring Fouche’s “Sahara Adventure series”, namely “Revenge of the Desert”, will leave you craving for more Sahara action from this author! This story begins when a patrol of French Foreign Legion soldiers fails to return to their fort as scheduled while patrolling in the scorching heat of the Sahara desert.

Days later, the patrol arrives but the men are bound, tortured, and barely clinging to life. All but one, a blond South African legionnaire named Teuns, who has been captured by El Karima, the alluring yet brutal princess of the Dulac tribe. She orders Teuns taken to the capital city of Dutra to be executed before sunrise on the “Hill of Eagles”, where victims are tied to poles and left to the mercy of fierce mountain eagles. As Teuns awaits his gruesome fate, an old friend who harbors a grudge against El Karima surprises him with a last-minute reprieve. Before attempting to escape from Dutra, Teuns decides to steal the Dulacs’ sacred Sword of Dutra from El Karima’s palace, a move sure to enrage both the princess and her people. Meanwhile, the Legion commanders at Fort Dini Salam receive orders from the top brass in France to eliminate El Karima, whose hands are soaked in the blood of too many Legion soldiers. Captain D’Arlan proposes an ingenious but risky plan to Colonel Le Clerq. With only sixty men at his command, D’Arlan leads his soldiers into the desert sands to execute his scheme. Though successful in defeating the first Dulac patrol, D’Arlan’s tactics are so shocking that El Karima dispatches five hundred warriors to confront them. Despite being surrounded, the legionnaires stand their ground. In retaliation, El Karima herself takes command of two thousand Dulac fighters to wipe out D’Arlan and his sixty men.

During the impending clash, Teuns manages to steal the Sword of Dutra and escape, only to be recaptured. With help from a freak sandstorm, he breaks free once more before finally rejoining D’Arlan’s group. As the Legion soldiers face El Karima’s two thousand-man army, their water and ammunition dwindle perilously low. In a moment of desperate inspiration, Teuns takes an unexpected action that causes chaos in the Sahara and takes everyone by surprise. Will D’Arlan’s risky gambit pay off? Can the legionnaires defeat El Karima’s overwhelming force? What surprising move does Teuns make that shocks both friend and foe? The stakes are high and the desert is unforgiving as the Legion soldiers seek revenge against the sadistic El Karima and her Dulac warriors in this thrilling Saharan adventure.

“Revenge of the Desert” is a thrilling tale of camaraderie, ingenuity, and perseverance against seemingly impossible odds in the unforgiving Sahara. Legends like the brave Teuns Stegmann, Captain D’Arlan, known as the “Houdini of the Sahara”, and El Karima, the alluring yet brutal Dulac princess, clash in battles of wits and war. Set in North Africa during the French Foreign Legion’s campaign against the Dulac tribe, this adventure will captivate fans of military fiction. Author Meiring Fouche’s vivid storytelling puts you right in the desert heat, tasting the sand and fighting for survival. With vivid scenes like the brutal torture and death that awaits on Dutra’s “Hill of Eagles”, this book is not for the faint of heart! Yet heroes like Teuns inspire with their bravery, camaraderie, and refusal to surrender even in the most dire circumstances. D’Arlan’s ingenious battle plans offer fascinating military strategy. Striking imagery like the “sea of ants” formed by thousands of Dulac warriors evokes the vivid setting. Many cliffhangers make you eager to see what happens next.

For those who enjoy classic adventure epics like Beau Geste or Lawrence of Arabia, “Revenge of the Desert” is sure to delight. This book can transport you right into the Sahara desert action alongside memorable characters. It highlights how human courage and loyalty can triumph over cruelty and oppression. The evocative setting and thrilling plot will keep your heart racing as you root for the heroes to prevail against incredible odds. With vivid action and intrigue, “Revenge of the Desert” will captivate fans of military fiction eager to discover the fates of Teuns, D’Arlan, and their brave comrades.


  • 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!