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Life On Base: Quantico Cave 
From the Award Winning Author Tom Wise and Nancy Wise: 2015 
Somerset Awards First In Category Winner – Contemporary Fiction – Chanticleer Book Reviews

“A riveting portrayal of the lives of children whose parents serve in the armed forces. Being a teenager is hard enough, but adding the constant uprooting and moving from base to base adds its own unique challenges as well as rewards.”





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“A gritty, heart-felt adventure any base brat, past or present, will relate to.” ~ Bennett R. Coles, NY Times Best Seller and Award-winning author of Virtues Of War

“I haven’t lived on a military base for more than forty years, but this story set me right back in that world—a world that never stands still long enough to become boring, where life is lived out of cardboard boxes and shipping crates. Each day, each new home brings a new adventure.

People looking in from the outside think such temporary lives must be rough…but brats know better. We’re brothers and sisters to all other brats, drawn together into one enormous family…and that relationship is permanent.

Stephen, Jay, Jimmy, Rick and the others are all of us in microcosm. I recognized them as though I’d seen them only yesterday, and I salute their determination and spirit.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a brat, read this book. If you’ve lived a brat’s life, you’ll recognize yourself in this story.” ~ Kathleen Rice Adams

“In a world where very few people treat or recognize the military with the respect they deserve, Quantico Cave is a breath of fresh air. This is the start of a series of middle-grade books that highlight both the highs and lows of being a military brat. While I am not one, a parent of mine was, and for that reason, I can read this story and reminisce of things that I remember from my own youth. And that trip down memory lane is very powerful. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.” ~ Mike Hartner, Award-winning Author of I, Walter (The Eternity Series)

“Growing up is difficult enough, but when one or both parents are in the military, the challenges are compounded by an order of magnitude. In Life on Base: Quantico Cave Tom and Nancy Wise weave a realistic and riveting tale of the challenges facing children who survive in a world where friends and foes are made and abandoned with equal quickness and where military life affects everything from the games kids play to the values instilled in them at an early age. In Quantico Cave, we follow Stephen, who has once again been uprooted and transplanted to a new base with his family. As the new kid, he must quickly make friends and prove himself. One friendship comes easy. Others prove to be more difficult, forged only after the competitions begin and the intensity increases to the point no one had anticipated.” ~ Ron McManus, Award-winning author of The Drone Enigma


About Tom Wise authorphoto

Dr. Thomas P Wise is the author of books for young adults, middle grade children, and business people. He teaches at University in the evenings, and spends his days in a chilly little office thinking of ways to make things more efficient. Years ago he spent time as an apprentice carpenter and industrial mechanic, as an internal consultant, and work analyst in nuclear power stations.






“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.”
– Nina Longfield, Luxury Reading