Life on Base: Quantico Cave

Life on Base: Quantico Cave

by Tom & Nancy Wise


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Life on Base: Quantico Cave by Tom & Nancy Wise

For Stephen, his life on base is much the same as most other children’s. The difference is in the details. Look both ways before crossing a tank path and be sure to check if the spent bullet casings you find in the long-abandoned trenches are actually empty. Sports stop at the sound of the evening trumpet call as he and his friends stand at attention while the flag is retired. Quantico Cave is a story of friendship and competition, and when Stephen meets up with a friend he once knew at a previous home station, the contest hits a whole new level that places everyone at risk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633931381
Publisher: Koehler Studios, Inc.
Publication date: 12/23/2015
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tom and Nancy Wise are award-winning authors. Their first novel, The Borealis Genome, is the grand-prize winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti 2013 Award for YA Novels and 2014 Cygnus Award Lab Lit Category. Thomas grew up in a military family moving from base to base as the child of a Marine, living the life of an officer's brat in times of war while Nancy was raised the youngest child of a WWII veteran. When not working together on their novels, Tom teaches at University and authors articles on project management topics and nonfiction books published by Gower Publishing in the UK.

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Life on Base: Quantico Cave 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AlexandraJ More than 1 year ago
This novel is really great value for the small amount it costs to purchase as an E-book. The novel is perfect for pre-teens or teenagers, but even I enjoyed it as an adult. What is especially great about the story is that it would be ideal for male readers, so for any parents looking for a suitable novel/series which encourages their son to read, this book is ideal in my opinion. “Life on Base” has really easy readability, and one could easily finish it in an afternoon due to its fairly small size. The story is ideal for young adult readers, but it is also a fun, easy read for adults who are young-at-heart. The cover is quite symbolic of what the story is about, and the writing style and good editing enable the good storyline to shine. The characters are all teenagers or pre-teens and are very realistic and relatable. The story provides the reader with an authentic and realistic insight into the life of children living within military environments, and the story is as instructive and enlightening as it is fun and enjoyable. The story deals with many moral lessons that children of all ages will likely encounter, and parents will love that the novel has depth as well as a sense of imagination – readers can learn something at the same time as enjoying the story. I really enjoyed the novel, and I will definitely look out for more work from these authors.
Paula_Stewart1 More than 1 year ago
"Q" Town I just finished reading an excellent book, Life on Base: Quantico Cave by award-winning authors Tom and Nancy Wise that brought back a lot of mixed emotions. This cleverly written story takes place in a location that I am all to familiar with. This well-titled story, Life on Base: Quantico Cave unfolds on the hallowed grounds of Camp Quantico, home of USMC officers training as well as the FBI Acadamy. What a great historical location the authors have chosen for this book. The characters are a brilliant mix of nine friends, all of which are experiencing the same childhood path and the complex emotions created by a lifestyle that military children experience and can understand. This book enlightened me through its authenticity and painful honesty. In addition to experiencing hazing by other branches of the military, the cast of nine complex preteen individuals in the story must also live by the unspoken rule of no-fraternization between children of enlisted parents and the children of officers. Being former military and my exposure to the rules regarding rank, fraternization, and etiquette I know that stringent rules governing them are the norm. But as this book eloquently exposed, the children are slowly morphing into little soldiers as they are exposed to intense stress, discipline, and a leadership mentality well beyond their years. As I read this story that follows eight boys, and one girl named Jay, a tough Marine at heart I did not want to put it down. It's part of me and part of my past, as it is the past of countless men and women. Proud, honorable people that haunt my memories. While reading, I felt a profound sense of homesickness and familiarity with the personalities and experiences of these playmates. Don't cry boy; you'll be a Marine someday. We protect those who can't protect themselves, Déjà vu! I love how the children mirror their parents. The cover artwork and presentation are excellent at conveying what is to be found within this book's pages. This "Lord of the Flies" type story reeks of authenticity as it beautifully paints a portrait of my old friend "Q" Town and her naughty "O" course. It leads me to believe that it must be based on real experiences from the author's childhood. I highly recommend this book to everyone looking for an excellent plot, warm descriptive writing style, authenticity, with easy readability, and great characters that have depth.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite On Base: Quantico Cave is a coming of age story written by Thomas P. Wise and Nancy Wise. Stephen and Jimmy are best friends, for now that is. Their fathers are in the Marines, so the length of time their families will be in the same location is an unknown quantity. They both love Triangle, the small historic town in Virginia that is home to Quantico. There are woods and streams to play in and a small group of friends to play ball with. Being the son of a Marine officer has its stresses, besides the worry over relocation. Stephen’s father has high expectations for his son and expects that he will perform with discipline and honor, no matter what. Thomas P. Wise and Nancy Wise’s coming of age story, On Base: Quantico Cave, is marvelous. The authors explore the stresses and strains military children experience being part of a military culture. The Marine dads are stern, and some kids have scars, which may not always be on the outside. On Base: Quantico Cave is filled with scenes from the outdoors, as the kids play ball and explore the surroundings. I’m a sucker for caves and caving and was thrilled when Stephen explores the cave under the tree roots. The BB gun battle was quite reminiscent of Lord of the Flies and was filled with the tension of battle, a war game played by kids who've been indoctrinated into a culture that extols success in spite of pain. My only complaint would be that when I had finished the story, I wanted more. Perhaps there’ll be a sequel to this coming of age, action and adventure story? I hope so.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Good, Clean Fun about Military Families' Life on Base Life on Base: Quantico Cave by Tom Wise is perfect for all ages. It’s a story of life on a military base from the perspective of middle-school-aged children (primarily boys). Having raised two boys, I really appreciated Wise’s portrayal of the boys (and one “tom-boy”). The scuffles, resolutions and friendship between adolescents are on target. Wise’s characters portray the usual cast of kids found in a neighborhood, a schoolyard or a military base: the bully, the honorable, mature kid, the runt, the wannabes. I loved main character Stephen’s imagination/pretend play as well as the random ramblings of inner dialog. It brought back memories of days when you played with whomever was available in the neighborhood, and memories of having to entertain yourself without the assistance of a lot of electronic devices. Stephen and Jimmy’s wild imagination, enthusiasm and crazy dreams are endearing. I’ve not lived on a military base, nor do I know anyone who has, so I found it fascinating to learn about life on base. I had no idea that the families’ social status mirrored military rank, nor did I know that socializing outside of rank was frowned upon. I did love that playing baseball became a common ground for the kids to mix and socialize. I am not unfamiliar with children’s woes of having to move frequently for a parent’s work, and I appreciated Wise’s representation of the fluidity and transience of a “military brat’s” life and relationships. Stephen and his friends have loving, strong moms who are frequently parenting on their own when duty calls. I got a good sense of Stephen’s dad from Stephen’s frequent musings about his father. It was delightful to feel how much Stephen loved and respected his father. Life on Base: Quantico Cave is entertaining and well written. Thomas Wise has deftly incorporated some good messages into the story as well. There are strong messages about family, respect, being a good friend, avoiding fighting, and conflict resolution between peers. The author’s respectful prologue about the military and life of military families sets the tone for this novel which is loosely based on the author’s own experiences.
ellarogue More than 1 year ago
For a child growing up on a military base, life is different from that of the outside "ordinary" world. The children follow order and rank just as their military serving parent or guardian does. Authors Tom and Nancy Wise show this unique military up bring in their highly readable and engaging middle grade novel Life On Base: Quantico Cave. Stephen is a determined twelve-year-old boy. He strives to live up to his father's esteem and plant himself as a leader amongst his peers. He is no longer the new kid at Quantico Base, Virginia, but he's not one of the old kids either. His family transferred from California to Virginia with the beginning of a new school year. Stephen is a kid used to changing schools and finding new friends. When his old friend, Rick, from California arrives on the base, their former friendship is tested by the differences in their father's ranks. Stephen is now an officer's son and he is not supposed to fraternize with a Non-Commissioned Officer's (NCO) kid. Rick's presence brings about a certain degree of chaos to Stephen's orderly existence. Suddenly, the two are locked in a competition that Stephen does not fully understand. Stephen is challenged with ideas of friendship, loyalty, and order as he considers what is right for him and tries to bring Rick back around to being his friend. Life On Base is a well written, engaging, and edifying middle grade novel. There is plenty of action and dialogue pushing the story forward. The first two chapters seem to read at both a rushed pace and a slow pace. Don't be put off. Stephen, the main character, is showing the reader what life is like on base, what is expected of the children, how things are different and, at the same time, how similar it really is to life outside the base. The novel takes off with the introduction of Rick in the third chapter. At this point, action pushes the story with minimal exposition about life on base. As one reads, the reader becomes aware that ordinary is more a state of mind rather than a common sameness with the outside world. I found Life On Base an enjoyable read. I was not brought up on a military base, but I get a sense of that childhood lifestyle from the Wise's likeable novel. I liked Stephen as the narrator. His sense of determination became clear as the story progressed. Stephen's resolve and attempts to mend old friendships gave the novel a satisfying feel from beginning to end.