Excerpt: The Secret Rebellion by Martin Baggen

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Martin Baggen recently released The Secret Rebellion, a captivating Christian fiction novel that provides an interesting take on religious history. The book is recommended for readers who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and The Passover Plot.

“The Secret Rebellion is a result of wanting to share a perspective on a story that has become a thread in the very fabric of our culture,” says Martin. “The accounts of Jesus that we know, that have now become biblical, may have had their roots in events of a much more earthly origin. The Secret Rebellion combines the drama of the New Testament with elements that we see every day in our modern world.”

The Secret Rebellion tells the story of Miriam and Yeshua. Miriam is a young, rightful queen who returns from exile to her homeland. Her mission is to reclaim her country from the grip of an oppressive foreign occupation. To achieve her goal, she must find a king.

Her quest leads to a charismatic and gifted man, Yeshua, who possesses the ability to help her lead a nation to freedom. But the mission comes at a cost greater than anyone can predict, and the misunderstood legacy of their secret rebellion will endure for thousands of years. A failed political movement that gave birth to a new religion.

“The Secret Rebellion is written in the style of the Bible… Much of the story parallels that of Jesus, with the huge exception being that Yeshua’s works were accomplished by the hands of man rather than by the hands of God… The Secret Rebellion is a well-thought out, well-researched and intelligent book.” – Amazon Review


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About the Author:

The Secret Rebellion is Martin Baggen’s debut novel. Martin is passionate about writing, reading, and music. He currently resides in Benton County, Oregon.



Years from now when I am telling stories to my children, this will be the moment they hear of the most. Months ago, I did not understand who this man is or what he means to all of us.

Even as the first steps are taken from the Mount of Olives I am frustrated at the slow pace we must move down the trail. The ass is in charge of this parade no matter how much force I put upon him with his line.

As we descend into the valley and start the climb up toward the gate I can see people as they move along the walkways atop the great walls. Walls that rise ten times the height of a man and seem much higher from where we are. There are hundreds and hundreds of people within my view.

The robe I have been given is for much cooler weather than today, and the desire to shed it is great. But what little instruction I have been given was to hide the blade at my hip, and the robe is intended for that purpose. I have never used a weapon against my fellow man.

At last we are at the ridge that completes our climb up from the valley, and we are on level ground to the Eastern Gate. I have never entered through this gate directly into the Temple Square. As we crest the hill and begin our final few hundred paces to Jerusalem I can now hear people, and I watch as they stop to look at us from above. At first it is difficult to understand what they are doing. I even slow my steps for a moment to look behind us. Yeshua is looking along the top of the wall as well. There are no others behind our tiny parade. The reactions we witness are because of us.

It is cheering. With only one hundred steps to the open gate, I can see their faces. Some are just staring and curious, but most are very happy and yelling. Many more have collected at the entrance. So many that if they do not make way, we will not be able to pass through. But I do not believe they mean to prevent our entry. The people are happy.

I am thankful the ass does not care about the loudness and excitement that is now all around us. If he suddenly decides to bolt away from here, there is little I could do to control him. It is that thought which is on my mind as we pass under the arch. My god, the noise is much louder as we pass within the walls. My God!




  1. My husband would love this. He takes the train in & out of Boston to work every day and goes through 3 or 4 books a month.

  2. That sounds like a great read! I love it when a book’s story captivates me, but also educates me about history. That’s why I loved The DaVinci Code!

  3. I always love hearing about authors I haven’t heard of! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. My husband and I both loved The Da Vinci Code. This looks like a great read!

  5. I loved the Da Vinci code so I will have to look for this one at the library. I think I would really enjoy it.

  6. Never heard of the author, but loved the Da Vinci Code. Looks like an interesting read!

  7. I never heard of this one but loved the Da Vinci Code! Will have to check this out.

  8. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Always love getting book recommendations, and this sounds really good.

  9. This sounds like a very interesting book. I always love a good book based on religious history.

  10. Someone I haven’t heard of, thanks for sharing will pass on to my mom who I think will love it.

  11. This sounds like a great read. I am going to check this out.

  12. Sounds like a very interesting read! Very interesting!

  13. I love books that have me thinking about history! This sounds very interesting!

  14. Amy Desrosiers says:

    My husband enjoyed the Da Vinci code so I bet he would like this as well!!

  15. I’m not sure if I would love this book or not, from that excerpt. I’ll have to see a little more so I can find out if I can follow it or not. That alone suggests it is worth looking into. I love christian fiction, as long as it has some structure. I’ll check it out.

  16. ALWAYS looking for great books! This is a comprehensive review, I am going to check it out

  17. I haven’t heard of this book or author, sounds interesting.

  18. Now THESE are my favorite kinds of books – I LOVE Christian fiction! My hubby would love this too.

  19. This is a new author to me. The beauty of online reviews! I never would have found it otherwise! You always have a good rec to share :)

  20. I Love The Divinci Code So I’m Sure I Will LOVE This!

  21. I like the intrigue and excitement this book seems to have

  22. This sounds so interesting. A must read!

  23. Sounds interesting and something people might be interested .unfortunately not me.

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