The thrilling adventure begins in the blistering Sahara desert, where a French Foreign Legion outpost finds itself under attack by a dangerous band of Arab raiders known as the Dulacs. During one bloody skirmish, a lone survivor tells a shocking tale, that the Dulacs are being led by a mysterious white woman. This news sends shockwaves through the outpost’s leadership, who vow to hunt down this “Witch of the Sahara” and stop her reign of terror.

We follow brave Legion captain D’Arlan as he leads an expeditionary force into the desert to find the Dulac stronghold. After days of grueling march through the scorching sands, D’Arlan and his men finally reach an oasis village, only to find it deserted and polluted. It is the work of the merciless Witch. With their water supply poisoned, the Legionnaires find themselves on the brink of death from thirst. Just when all seems lost, the beautiful but deadly Karima appears to gloat over D’Arlan’s predicament. She is indeed the Witch of the Sahara, a white woman who has rallied the Dulacs with promises of driving out the French colonizers. Karima offers the Legionnaires water and safety if they surrender, but proud D’Arlan refuses to yield. Teuns Stegmann, finds himself irresistibly drawn to the beautiful but dangerous Karima. What hold does she have over him, and will he betray his comrades? Will Teuns resist the Witch’s spell and stay loyal to the Legion? Can the Legionnaires stop Karima and her Dulac army from launching an all-out war across the Sahara? The chess match between D’Arlan and the Witch of the Sahara has only just begun with Teuns playing a key role in helping D’Arlan and his fellow soldiers.

Karima punishes D’Arlan for his stubbornness by condemning him and nine others to a horrific death atop the “Hill of Eagles,” where they will be slowly tortured by the savage birds. One condemned man, however, an Italian named Petacci, manages to engineer a daring escape. Through quick thinking and heroics, Petacci frees the others, allowing D’Arlan to hatch a bold counterattack. With help from Arab villagers who also seek freedom from the Dulacs, D’Arlan launches a surprise offensive and turns the tables on Karima.

Filled with pulse-pounding action, thrilling chases across golden dunes, shocking twists and betrayals, and starring an unforgettable cast of heroes and a villainess for the ages, “Witch of the Sahara” by Meiring Fouche is a must-read for adventure lovers of all ages. This riveting book will keep readers hooked as they follow the French Foreign Legion’s desperate campaign to crush Karima and her Dulac warriors. Fouche’s masterful storytelling transports the reader directly into the action. Moving from bloody ambushes on the desert sands to inhuman cruelty in Dutra’s lethal uranium mines, this is epic adventure storytelling at its best. Meiring Fouche expertly describes the landscape and captures the essence of this lost world. This classic adventure tale will appeal to fans of Beau Geste with its perilous journey and timeless story of conflicted love. Combining romance, intrigue, and non-stop excitement against the backdrop of a brutal desert campaign, this book will leave you breathless and eager to continue the Legionnaires’ saga. The Sahara adventure series continues with thirty-nine more exciting stories as we follow Legion heroes like Fritz, Jack, Podolski, and Petacci, and especially with the heroic, brilliant, and fearless South African, Teuns Stegmann, at the center of each story with nonstop action and adventure for book lovers of this genre.


  • 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!