The sands of the Sahara desert hold many mysteries and dangers, as Captain Gaston Lefevre of the French Foreign Legion soon discovers. Stationed at the remote Fort Laval with a small garrison of only 30 men, Lefevre receives devastating news. His daughter Julie has gone missing from a hotel in Dini Salam.

Frantic with worry, Lefevre requests to lead a search party to find Julie. But his request is denied by his superiors, who order him to remain at Fort Laval. Lefevre descends into an alcohol-fueled despair, dreading the fate that may have befallen his beloved daughter. Then a strange rider appears on the horizon outside the fort. It is a woman’s figure rigidly perched atop a horse. The doll-like rider carries an ominous message for Lefevre. Julie has been kidnapped by the Dulacs, a tribe of brutal nomadic warriors. Their leader, Sheik Feisan, offers Lefevre a deal. Surrender Fort Laval and receive safe passage for Lefevre’s garrison. Feisan will also return Julie unharmed. Refuse, and Julie dies.

Lefevre agrees to Feisan’s terms, despite the protests of his men. He asks for a volunteer to retrieve Julie from the Dulac camp. Only the brave South African legionnaire, Teuns Stegmann, steps forward for the dangerous mission. But upon reaching the Dulac camp, Stegmann is captured. Inside the tent of Sheik Feisan, he comes face to face with the stunningly beautiful Julie Lefevre. Feisan gives Stegmann only 15 minutes to return to Fort Laval and demand its surrender, or Julie dies. Stegmann never returns, but to Feisan’s shock, Captain Lefevre himself appears out of nowhere. After taking Lefevre to the seemingly deserted fort, Feisan suspects treachery. He orders Lefevre to open the armory but there he only finds the weapons smashed beyond repair.

Lefevre has outwitted Feisan, but with Julie’s life hanging by a thread, the true battle is only beginning. Danger lurks around every corner of the labyrinthine fort. As Lefevre and Stegmann fight to save Julie and evade capture themselves, they launch a daring gambit. With time running out, Stegmann disguises himself in Arab robes and slips into the Dulac camp once more on a secret rescue mission. Will he reach Julie before the Dulacs discover him? Meanwhile, can Lefevre beat the odds against thousands of Dulac warriors, alone? And what fate awaits Julie if Feisan’s offer of safe passage proves yet another Dulac trick? Lefevre is caught in a terrible dilemma. Sacrifice Fort Laval to save his only child, or doom Julie to save his honor as a French officer? In the unforgiving Sahara, the stakes are life and death. Lefevre and Stegmann must match wits and weapons against Sheik Feisan’s hordes and the stage is set for a dramatic final showdown. With Lefevre wounded and their ammunition dwindling, Teuns and Julie dig in to defend the commanding officer’s office against endless waves of Dulac warriors bent on avenging their sheik’s death. Outgunned and outnumbered, their bold plan is the garrison’s last hope for survival.

“Mademoiselle Julie” is the tenth book in the exciting “Sahara Adventure series” by author Meiring Fouche. Action erupts from the first page and will grip readers from start to finish with a breathtaking finale. This Sahara adventure story delivers thrills and heartache in equal measure. Amid the sweltering sands, who will emerge victorious, and can Lefevre ever be reunited with his beloved daughter? The answers await within this riveting tale of valor, duty, and rescue against impossible odds. Fouche weaves another edge-of-your-seat tale, set in the scorching Sahara desert in the early 1900s. The book has action, adventure, drama, and romance that will leave readers sweating like they’re the ones fighting for survival in the sweltering desert heat. The author’s vivid writing puts you right in the story as steely Legion heroes battle bloodthirsty Dulac tribesmen with an innocent maiden’s life hanging in the balance.


  • 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!