“Blood in Front of the Sun” is part of the exciting “Sahara Adventure series” chronicling the adventures of Teuns Stegmann and his French Foreign Legion comrades in the treacherous Sahara desert. Set against the blistering sands of the Sahara desert, this book is the eighth installment in the action-packed series.

This gripping tale follows the courageous Teuns Stegmann and his loyal band of Legionnaires as they find themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the villainous Abdul Hoessein. Caught by the soldiers of the French Foreign Legion, Brigitte Bonnet, the influential leader of the proud Dulac people, must face execution at the French Fort, Dini Salam, in the Sahara Desert. This is the decision of the French Supreme Authority due to her involvement in the deaths of several Legion soldiers. The bitter task of attending the execution falls upon Teuns Stegmann, the blonde South African who played a significant role in her capture. When the influential Dulac leader Brigitte Bonnet stages a daring escape from her French captors, it sets off a chain of explosive events that will test the mettle of Teuns and his friends.

Bonnet swiftly enlists Hoessein to enact a devious plot for revenge against the Legionnaires who aided in her capture. Teuns and his comrades soon find themselves at the mercy of the vengeful Bonnet and the treacherous Hoessein after being abducted in a surprise ambush. Brutally tortured by the sadistic Hoessein, Teuns, and his friends endure unimaginable hardship as they are dragged across the scorching sands toward Bonnet’s desert stronghold. Refusing to break under the torment, the loyal Legionnaires hatch a bold plan to turn the tables on their captors and escape. But with Bonnet’s forces closing in, time is running out for the embattled group.

Dodging bloodthirsty Tuareg raiders and battling dehydration and exhaustion, Teuns struggles valiantly to keep his men alive and evade the clutches of the infamous Dulac leader. Outgunned and outnumbered, the Legionnaires must rely on their wits and brotherhood to survive the perilous Saharan wastelands. As Teuns and his band of Legionnaires are pushed to their physical and mental limits, the desert becomes an unforgiving arena that will force them to sacrifice everything for the sake of loyalty and honor. Equipped with only their courage and Teuns’ indomitable will, the men steadily make their way across the desert toward a final showdown.

“Blood in Front of the Sun” is a breathless tale of strength, sacrifice, and valor showcasing author Meiring Fouche’s talent for adventure writing. With vivid descriptions of the harsh desert terrain, surprising plot twists, courage in the face of mortal danger, and heart-pounding action, Fouche crafts a white-knuckle thrill ride that will leave readers gasping until the final page. Can Teuns lead his men to victory against impossible odds? Will the Legionnaires triumph against the evil forces allied against them? Find out in “Blood in Front of the Sun”, the next exhilarating chapter in the Sahara Adventure series. Overflowing with danger and drama, this is classic adventure storytelling at its absolute best. If you enjoy classic adventure stories full of action and drama, don’t miss “Blood in Front of the Sun”!


  • 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!