• Very tense, with red herrings aplenty and a goodly dollop of humour

    The Bookbag
  • McGann mixes science, politics and history and raises many moral issues. He manages it all with a wonderful lightness of touch and superb control of an ever-evolving story that grows in complexity with every chapter but somehow never becomes confusing to the reader

    Inis Magazine
  • The Wisdom of Dead Men is an explosive fantasy read, set in the Victorian era. It opens with a gripping spontaneous combustion and the action never lets up

    Irish Independent
  • A rollicking, steampunk adventure . . . I couldn't put it down

    Irish Times
  • He reveals lush detail as he builds a fascinating world for his characters to inhabit but never gets bogged down in self-indulgent minutiae and his characters, even the bit-part players, are always fully rounded and believable

    Sci-fi London

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