A journey to the desert and the past to discover his origins.


In 2018, Mario de las Heras, an Air Force commander, receives a mysterious letter. Inside the envelope is a white feather, a symbol of cowardice for soldiers, and an old photograph of his father dressed as a Meharist soldier of the nomadic Saharan troops who participated in the Green March. On the back of the photo, is a message informing him of his brother’s murder and requesting a meeting.

Still unsure about the letter’s authenticity, he receives a call from a woman in Marrakech, insisting on meeting him to explain things about his father and family. What neither of them knows is that they are being watched, and the call has been recorded.

To uncover the truth about his family’s past, Mario travels to the Sahara amid the current conflict over gas control in the Maghreb, putting his own life in danger.

We will discover that, in 1965, his father, Carlos de las Heras Fortún, was stationed as a commander in what then was the Spanish Sahara. Upon arrival, he was captivated by Berber customs and desert life and fell in love with Zayna, the daughter of the sheikh of the Erguibat tribe. Despite their love, their relationship was marked by prejudices, passion, and secrets.

Ten years later, shortly before Franco’s death, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans crossed the border to occupy the Sahara in what was called the Green March. Carlos then had to decide whether to fight alongside the Sahrawis to defend his country or comply with the Spanish government’s plan to allow the Moroccan occupation of the territory, thus changing the course of his life and that of his family. A choice that, in the present time, affects his son Mario, who is unaware of his father’s connection to the Green March and his Sahrawi family.



Months after the publication of his first novel, also a historical thriller alternating between past and present, Manuel Fresno presents ‘Sáhara’ as his second work: a historical thriller with extensive research that contains all the ingredients to keep readers glued to the pages.

What the reviews say:

“The story in the desert, the protagonist’s relationship with a Sahrawi woman, everything surrounding the Green March in 1975… highly recommended.” -De lector a lector

“The narrative is very fluid and keeps you so ‘hooked’ that you want to finish the book in one sitting.” -Amazon


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