An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

Title: Voyage of the Lanternfish

Amazon Author Page: C. S. Boyack

Publication Date: 12/31/2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Sea Stories, Fantasy, Historical, Speculative Fiction



Speculative Fiction author, C. S. Boyack has entertained me with his novels for some time. He first hooked me with one of his earlier books, Panama, which is another recommended read!

This author has a no-frills style of writing which always draws me into the story and characters. Once you start reading you better plan on staying up late! I know I did.

The plot of the “Voyage of the Lanternfish,” wraps around James Cuttler, a man whose fiancé is being held captive by a political foe. Mistaken for his father, James has no choice but to acquiesce to the Lord’s demands to begin a war between the kingdoms.

James and his best friend, Dan set out to fulfill their promise. In no time, a cast of characters appears that propel the story forward in ways you will never see coming. There’s Fala, an abused woman; Mal, a Voodoo mage of sorts; and Serang, a magical ninja with two pets you won’t want to miss. And, that’s just the start!

For all the exciting pirate adventures and fantasy found between these pages, it is the characters that truly shine. This author delves deep into their personalities and you really get a sense for who they are.

In addition, the book introduces some of the most unforgettable monsters I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. For me, these creatures ensured the success of the tale. In particular, Mal’s rudimentary supernatural beings develop a language which will delight the reader. I’m still laughing! I can’t get those little critters out of mind – they’re that brilliant!

If you love sword fights, bloody battles at sea, mortars, guns, and plenty of magic you are in for a rare treat. The “Voyage of the Lanternfish” is all that and so much more. Are you ready to be dazzled?


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5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, C. S. Boyack

About the Author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction. 

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet. 

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride. 


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