Bob Davey is a professor of aerospace engineering at the California State Polytechnic University. A former Air Force pilot, Bob graduated from the Air Force Academy and earned a Ph.D. in aeronautics from Caltech. His military experience, coupled with more than a decade of work as an engineer and manager in the aerospace industry, provided him with the background needed to envision a story that may well fill the pages of tomorrow's newspapers.
I bought this book at the Men of Mystery event in Irvine in 2012 where Bob Davey was an invited author who graciously signed my copy. The book has good characters, nice transitions, and a plausible storyline (putting aside the fact that commercial fusion reactors are probably never going to happen). Given that the book is 15 years old it reads a little dated with a lot of cold-war atmosphere. Russians versus Americans. Space shuttles. The nobility of the scientist. The greedy callousness of the capitalist. The nefariousness of spies. The hidden agenda of the bureaucrats. If you're in for a nostalgic read go for it. Don't let the title mislead you, though, there are no x-wings or laser-wielding robots. The word war is a far overreach. If it had been called something like "The Desperate Race for the Moon" you'd have a better idea of what you were in for through the first 75% of the book. All that being said, go ahead and pick it up. It's likely you'll like what you read.