Life On Base: Quantico Cave by Tom and 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.

About the Authors

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.

My Thoughts

Set on a military base, this story reminded me of the Sugar Creek Gang series with a military bent.  It is a coming of age story , and provided the reader much insight into life on a military base. The author was able to dip into his past as a child raised on a base to create this exciting plot.

The only disappointment I had with this book was in the language from the characters.  Throughout this book, the children curse and swear.  I do not believe this was necessary to create this novel.  The language is a poor example for children who need positive examples to model their lives.

This novel was sent to me by the authors.




One thought on “Life On Base: Quantico Cave by Tom and Nancy Wise

  1. Mrs. C. Thank you so much for your honest review. We tried to be so careful with language, but will work to be more careful in the future. We appreciate that you took the time to read for us. Respectfully, Tom and Nancy


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