The Wisdom of the Dead Men by Oisín McGann

The British Empire is no longer the authority it once was.

cover76262-mediumWhile investigating a series of mysterious murders, Nate uncovers dark secrets that threaten to reveal the true nature of the Wildenstern family.

The British Empire is no longer the authority it once was. Instead, it’s controlled by private business organizations—the most powerful of which is Ireland’s ruthless Wildenstern family. Eighteen-year-old Nathaniel Wildenstern has given up his dreams of travel and adventure to devote himself to being his brother Berto’s head of security. With the help of his wife, Daisy, Berto wants to change the barbaric ways of the clan. But there are many among the Wildensterns who like things the way they are, and will resort to whatever devious methods necessary to keep it that way.

Meanwhile, the burnt bodies of women are appearing around Dublin. When a connection to the Wildenstern family is discovered, Nate, Daisy, and Nate’s sister Tatiana decide to investigate. Soon the young Wildensterns are digging into shadowy societies and dark family secrets that date back to the origin of the engimals, who are part animal, part machine. And what they find could shed light on the savage nature of the Wildensterns themselves.


In an alternate Victorian Ireland, the Wildensterns are the most powerful and ruthless family in the country. Trained from childhood in the art of killing and conspiracy, they also have the uncanny ability to live for over a century.

Eighteen-year-old Nathaniel Wildenstern has given up his dreams of travel and adventure to devote himself to being his brother Berto’s head of security. With the help of his wife, Daisy, Berto wants to change the barbaric ways of the clan.

But there are many among the Wildensterns who like things the way they are, and will resort to whatever devious methods necessary to keep them that way.

Meanwhile, mysterious murders are occurring around Dublin. When a connection to the Wildenstern family is discovered, Nate, Daisy, and Nate’s sister Tatiana decide to investigate. Soon they are digging into shadowy societies and dark family secrets that date back to the origin of the part-animal, part-machine engimals. And what the young Wildensterns find could shed light on the savage nature of their family itself.

Teenage and adult readers alike will be rooting for Nate in the latest installment of McGann’s complex and fascinating saga set in a steampunk Ireland.


Praise for Oisín McGann and the Wildenstern Saga

“In the tradition of Jules Verne or R.L. Stevenson, McGann totally dominates the genre.” – Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

“An exciting new steampunk adventure . . . Resembles the powerful Russian sagas written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy . . . [with] spunky characters, accessible dialogue, and nonstop action.”School Library Journal on Ancient Appetites

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