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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.