A lifelong resident of Michigan, C John Coombes was born to an artist. He spent his younger years heavily involved in art. In the sixth grade, his teacher and the school principal accused him of lying for claiming to have drawn a set of three charcoal renderings. The school summoned his parents for a meeting where his father stood up as a witness to his son’s work.Proud father indeed. John went on to win a scholarship in high school for his artistic abilities. In order to qualify for financial assistance, John was required to take an aptitude exam for art. He achieved the highest score ever seen by the testing staff. He attended a Kendall School of Design, now a department of Ferris State University, and upon graduation as a Graphics Designer, Hallmark Cards asked him to join their team. He was unable to accept a position due to his draft status and so entered the US Army as an illustrator.After his tour of duty, which included a medal of commendation for artwork relevant to the presentations of the Commander in Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe, he returned to open an art and photography studio, later incorporated into an advertising agency, and even working alongside his father in the graphics department of Amway Corporation. In his mid-thirties, John changed careers to participate in the birth of computerized machining for the plastic injection mold industry, a cutting-edge technology, where he ended his career as the final dimensional inspector for outgoing product, and implementer of the ISO quality control program, which he maintained until his retirement. John retired early to pursue writing full time after transferring his need for creative release from artwork to the written word.
The Jack Creek Horror
The JACK CREEK Horror is an intelligent cautionary tale about a simple but exceedingly horrific organism. The story follows a small resort community’s efforts to make sense of increasingly strange changes in the eco-system of a large cedar swamp. What starts out as poor fishing and complaints from locals in an area that survives on tourism and sportsmen soon evolves into a wave of death with implications that stun the nation.More info →
Claus: A Christmas Incarnation Book 1 (The Child, Vol 1)
CLAUS: A Christmas Incarnation, Volume One, The Child, is a 220,000 word, 700 page novel that includes some illustrations, poems, and songs, also by the author. The ebook and paperback offerings are affordable versions of the original custom ordered hardcover book. 1854. Elizabeth Dennison, a now elderly woman, awaits the arrival of a long lost acquaintance. The meeting, initially dreaded as much as desired, fortunately rekindles an old friendship. It is in this reunion, a passing of memories and knowledge, that the guest is told of Elizabeth's incredible life. So begins a story during the early 1800's, days after Elizabeth Dennison is removed from her home and sickly mother to be cared for by the wealthy Claussen Family. A favor for which, in return, she is to provide service as a maiden servant. At a young age, Elizabeth faces a wary relationship with the Claussens and her new surroundings. Most of all, she is both frightened and mesmerized by Christopher Claussen, a powerful man and husband to Lady Rebecca. It is this relationship that ends up sweeping Elizabeth away from her home in Scandinavia to battle the perils of a voyage across an ocean, and a life on the American frontier. Elizabeth comes to believe that Christopher holds sway not only over her life, but the world as a whole in something more than a natural way. He is god-like in her eyes and becomes very much the focus of her fragile childhood years. Volume one is a fulfilling read unto itself but leaves one with the option to continue on this adventure through volumes two and three. CLAUS is a saga rich with ambiance, details of the era, and characters that are as real as life. If you desire to be swept away with Elizabeth on a journey through time and emotion then you will not regret this story.More info →
Full Moon Sto
The year is 2080. C. John Coombes opens his novel by painting a vivid picture of society and life in the not too distant future. The portrayal serves as a backdrop for a gripping story of suspense. The United States and Europe have fallen to the wayside. China assumes its place as the financial powerhouse of the world.
New York has been nick-named New China, after both the corporegion NEW CHINA and its colossal Manhattan headquarters complex, a mega-structure that dwarfs anything previously built by man.
The world is a place of peace and self-gratification, a place where most people do not work, but pursue hobbies and interests. Immortality is virtually guaranteed. The population has exploded. Real estate, especially in the congested areas, is virtually impossible to purchase or acquire even by the wealthiest of corporegions.
The conscience of the populous is increasingly alarmed by the new era of large scale construction, and its role in the accelerated devastation of natural habitat. Inevitably, the ruthless tactics of corporegions that continue to destroy the natural world collide with those citizens that are committed to its salvation.
In an unprecedented move, unexpectedly bold and violent, the conflict is settled once and for all—leaving a lesson learned not only for New Yorkers, but for all peoples of the world.More info →