“Thundering Hooves” is the 7th thrilling installment of the “Sahara Adventure series”, where danger always lurks in the scorching Sahara sands. After a daring escape from the fortress stronghold of the Dulac tribe, Teuns Stegmann and his fellow French Foreign Legion soldiers find themselves embroiled in yet another perilous mission.

When they bring word to the Legion outpost at Dini Salam that the vengeful Dulac princess Brigitte Bonnet plans to unleash deadly gas weapons on Legion forts, tactics must be swiftly devised. Adding to the turmoil, the legendary sword of Dutra has been stolen from Legion headquarters, igniting rebellion amongst Arab tribes across the desert. With hordes amassing under Bonnet’s command, Captain D’Arlan proposes a covert counterstrike. Accompanied by only two hundred men, he ventures into the swirling sands.

Meanwhile, at Fort Laval, Bonnet’s initial attack meets an unexpected twist. All but deserted, the fort holds but a single soldier too drunk to flee. His outrageous tale of the garrison’s departure for Libya leaves the princess reeling. After securing the seemingly abandoned fort, she turns her sights on Fort Petain. Yet Fort Laval holds lethal secrets. When one Dulac warrior escapes the carnage within, Teuns, Fritz and Jack are dispatched to prevent him from alerting Bonnet’s main force, fast approaching Dini Salam. But the trio are swiftly captured by mercenaries in Legion uniforms, deserters who possess the stolen sword. With Teuns as their guide, the deserters seek Bonnet’s army to sell her the sword.

Ever resourceful, Teuns seizes an opportunity to recapture the blade and lead the princess into a trap. But Bonnet is cunning, and the desert holds endless perils. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Legion’s garrison clings desperately to a bold strategy as a massive Arab army swarms around Dini Salam. With Dini Salam’s position seeming hopeless, Le Clerq takes a big risk before dawn’s arrival. A red flare shoots into the sky behind the Arab forces. It is a sign Le Clerq has been waiting for. The action swiftly builds to a dramatic and thrilling climax as Le Clerq and D’Arlan’s forces launch a daring surprise counterattack on Bonnet’s unsuspecting army.

Swashbuckling adventure, chilling suspense, and courage in the face of impossible odds propel this sand-swept tale. Fouche’s vivid prose thrusts the reader headlong into the Sahara’s harsh beauty. Filled with captivating characters, dramatic twists and battle action, and meticulous historical detail, “Thundering Hooves” immerses you in its spellbinding world that will keep readers hooked to the very last page. Will D’Arlan’s daring gamble pay off and which faction will ultimately wield the legendary sword? The answers await within the pages of this edge-of-your-seat tale. “Thundering Hooves” is a mesmerizing adventure not to be missed, full of action and intrigue. Its cliffhanger ending leaves you impatient for the next gripping installment in the “Sahara Adventure series”. Don’t just stand in the blistering heat, step into the whirling sands of danger with Teuns Stegmann today!


  • 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!