This is the first volume of the Childers Trilogy:
Jan Childers grew up orphaned in the slums of decaying post-diaspora Earth. She was raped, beaten, and starved. Yet she survived.
She escaped to become a citizen of the Commonwealth of Free Planets, and joined the Commonwealth Space Force.
Over the next twenty years, she turned the CSF into the most powerful and dangerous space fleet that history had ever known.
Jan Childers rose to lead that fleet in the Commonwealth's darkest hour, against freedom's most deadly enemy -- Earth itself.
"Fast paced, intelligent space opera."
"Enjoyed it as much the second time as first."
"Great Read in the Tradition of Dickson and Modesitt"