Buckle up for a thrilling adventure in the scorching Sahara desert with the brave men of the French Foreign Legion in Meiring Fouche’s action-packed page-turner, “Death at Sunrise”. This is the sixth installment in Fouche’s wildly popular “Sahara Adventure series” which follows the daring exploits of Legionnaire Teuns Stegmann and his loyal band of brothers as they confront peril at every turn in colonial North Africa.

This latest edge-of-your-seat thriller, “Death at Sunrise” sweeps readers into a gripping adventure in the sweltering Sahara desert. It centers around five comrades of the French Foreign Legion, the impulsive Teuns Stegmann, brawny Fritz Mundt, quick-witted Jack Ritchie, hardy Podolski the Pole, and feisty Petacci the Italian. Together for the first time, they embark on a perilous patrol mission into the barren wasteland. As scorching winds blast their faces and water supplies dwindle, a lethal sandstorm suddenly engulfs them, obliterating their bearings. Their odds of surviving the merciless conditions seem hopeless until they spot two camels racing through the sand. They desperately pursue the two camels for a chance at sanctuary. After an arduous chase, the men finally reach safety in one of three clay huts nestled in a remote oasis. But what they discover inside the humble shelter leaves them shocked and imperiled. There lies the alluring yet cunning Brigitte Bonnet, the notorious “Witch of the Sahara” hellbent on revenge for her sister’s death. Conflict collides as the soldiers confine her, intent on delivering the wanted woman to authorities in Algiers.

Yet Brigitte has a knack for slipping away. After drugging her captors’ water and fleeing into the darkness, the men awake parched and furious. As the sandstorm entombs the oasis’s life-saving well, they become stranded without water, slowly succumbing to a torturous demise. But just when all hope evaporates, a mysterious bomber plane appears and airlifts the five friends to the Arab stronghold of Dutra. In the capital, they are locked away in a reeking dungeon. While languishing in despair, they uncover something extraordinary concealed beneath the cell’s hay that renews their drive for survival. But can they utilize it before Brigitte’s next lethal plan takes form? For she and the Arab leaders have concocted a barbaric public execution for the legionnaires, set to take place in front of a bloodthirsty mob at sunrise. As the first glimmer of light creeps over the distant dunes, only a miracle seems capable of saving the condemned men from the ceremonial blade. Can Teuns and his loyal comrades-in-arms escape Brigitte’s wrath and derail her genocidal scheme? Against impossible odds, the courageous legionnaires will have to fight with every ounce of strength and cunning if they hope to turn the tables on Brigitte and her bloodthirsty hordes and live to fight another day.

Death at Sunrise delivers a high-stakes tale wound with tension, valor, and startling twists that will leave readers enthralled until the very last page. Fouche’s masterful storytelling ability shines as he weaves vivid desert scenery, high-action drama, and magnetic characters into a profoundly entertaining novel. With nonstop action, diabolical villains, and high-stakes drama across an exotic North African landscape, “Death at Sunrise” will leave fans of Fouche’s Sahara Adventure series hungry for more. Only by joining Legionnaire Stegmann on his latest white-knuckle adventure through perilous desert sands will you discover the breathtaking answer for yourself. So sit down, strap in, and get ready for a rollercoaster ride you won’t soon forget with this thrilling Sahara desert story.


  • 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!