The Children of Hamlin (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #3)

ISBN: 0671735551
ISBN 13: 9780671735555
By: Carmen Carter

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Every Starfleet officer knows of the Hamlin Massacre, of how the tiny Federation outpost of Hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population mercilessly slaughtered and the colony's children abducted by Choraii invaders who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers. Now, 50 years later, the Choraii ships have reappeared, but this time the Federation is better prepared, with the starship "Enterprise" TM standing at red alert.

Reader's Thoughts


Rereading these early Star Trek: The Next Generation novels is an interesting experience, servicing nostalgia for the show and characters, providing some light bedtime reading, and giving a more mature perspective on stories that I read when younger and now barely remember. All that I recalled of this title was that it didn't make any good impression, and that I couldn't recall enjoying any of Carmen Carter's Star Trek books. Returning to it, however, it left a far better impression. Compared to the first two TNG novels, this has similar issues with getting characterizations quite right compared to how they were in the show (even in that first season). Yet, despite not being too familiar with the characters yet, Carter manages to get the majority of them far more 'realistically' than the previous two novels, particularly Picard. The second thought I had while reading is that this was the first of the novels to really feel like a science fiction story, creating an alien race with unique and intriguing speculative characteristics. The secondary (noncast) characters were very well drawn, at least in the primary plot line of the novel, and posed significant questions/themes for the reader to consider extending beyond mere plot enjoyment. The plot here is actually fairly predictable, but the characterization and writing make this flaw easy to look past. For an early ST:TNG light read, these redeeming qualities make it rise above.


Interesting story of closure on an old adversary.


I appreciate the author's use of the characters. Each contributed to the plot in their own distinct way. The story kept me interested and raised an interesting question though it unfortunately handled it poorly in the end.


Excellent TNG novel! This story would have made a great episode or two. The author did a decent job capturing the likeness of most of the characters, but I felt a few of them such as Picard and Dr Crusher were a little too vulgar, based on how the characters acted in the series. I would however write this off as being early in the series, prior to the development of the characters. 4.25/5


Tadelloses FrühwerkDie Enterprise ist auf der Mission eine Gruppe sehr traditioneller, technikfeindlicher Farmer auf eine neue Heimatwelt zu transportieren, als sie aufgrund eines Notrufs von diesem Kurs abweichen muss, um der USS Ferrel zu Hilfe zu kommen. Unter hohen Anstrengungen gelingt es, die Choraii genannten Angreifer zu vertreiben, dennoch kann nur noch eine handvoll Überlebender von dem schwer angeschlagenen Schiff gerettet werden.Einer der Überlebenden ist ein gewisser Deelor, der offenbar Teil des Sternenflottengeheimdienstes ist. Er übernimmt das Oberkommando über die Enterprise und erörtert der Führungscrew nur ungern, dass er auf einer Mission ist um Menschen aus den Choraii-Schiffen zu befreien. Die Enterprise muss nun, ob die Crew es will oder nicht, den Platz der zerstörten Ferrel einnehmen.Die Story ist recht interessant gestaltet, und die Charaktere sind trotz der sehr frühen Entstehungszeit des Romans relativ gut dargestellt. Dennoch: zu den besten Star Trek Romanen gehört dieser bestimmt nicht. Will man sich durch die ganze Star Trek Reihe durcharbeiten so kann man getrost zu diesem Buch greifen, da es nicht schlecht ist. Will man sich nur die Highlights herauspicken, so kann man diesen getrost im Regal stehen lassen.

Daniel Kukwa

This was my first Star Trek novel, all those years ago. Reading it today, you'd think the first season of The Next Generation was a glorious triumph all around, as opposed to being an awkward, earnest, occasionally brilliant/occasionally awful pilot year. "The Children of Hamlin" is the first book to "get" everyone well...the first book that understood the characters, and the first book to plunge those characters into a terrific adventure, in conflict with a truly alien culture. I cherish this book...and it still stands as one of the best TNG-era novels. Compared to the previous two disappointments in the range, this is a revelation!

Andrew Beet

i really did like this i liked the scenes between picard and amabassdor deelor. he was a creepy character because every time picard asked deelor about something he wouldn't tell him. he is one of these characters who knows a lot more than he is telling. the character of ruthe was well written as well because it was good that carmen carter gave you little bits of this character and not in one chapter it was good to find out where ruthe came from. i enjoyed this book a lot and the b story with the farmers on the enterprise was good and where they were going tied in with this hamilin masssacre and the alien race the choraii


3.5 out of 5


Not bad, not great. Its what one expects from a Star Trek novel. A nice mindless and quick read. Pure escapism and a guilty pleasure.

Benjamin Plume

As far as Trek books go, this one isn't tops. Even for Sci-fi a good bit of it isn't believable, and the parts that are believable are predictable from the very early stages. It still manages to be a semi-fun read, though.


I enjoyed this book far more than I did the first two in the Star Trek: TNG book series. The adventure was more entertaining and more well thought out than the first two. The characters were less one-dimensional. The Choraii were far more interesting as villains than the first two books as well. If I had read this book back when it was first published, I would have harbored a hope that more books would be written about the Choraii. They just have a lot of potential that I have a feeling will be unrealized. My only real complaints about this book are the very predictable ending and the 'wheel of fortune' style names some of the farmers had. Take your typical names and remove the vowels and you have some of the farmers' names. Mry, Krn, Dnnys, Dvd, etc. Other than that I enjoyed this book and am surprised that it had as low a score on goodreads as it currently does. Hopefully my 4/5 will help that.

Martijn Hartman-maatman

Not the best story of them all, at points it was really boring


You know, for Star Trek fiction, this wasn't half bad!

Scarlett Sims

This was a decent quick read. I think my main beef with it was that it was early-seasons: still had Yar, Wesley was a bigger character, everyone was still kinda new to the Enterprise. Also, some of the reveals were pretty predictable. However, the alien adversary was an interesting one and there was nothing notably offensive. I think I might just seek out later titles in the series from now on.

Adam Boudreau

This book was a slight improvement over that of the “Peacekeepers”, which I found to be a rather tedious adventure. As we progress into the Star Trek books I feel the characters are getting a little stronger in their actual representation. It seems this author may have actually seen an episode rather than just read a script or two. However, there are still some things that are seriously wrong with the character portrayal compared with the show.The biggest issue was with Wesley. While I feel Wesley’s portrayal was well done, Carmen Carter was very liberal with Wesley’s duties. Now you have to remember in the first season Wesley is only an acting ensign, he’s not even a full ensign! Despite this it appears he can do whatever he wants to do. Picard is letting him sit in on classified meetings that have the highest level of secrecy and argues that Wesley is part of his bridge crew and therefore allowed to be in the meeting. This is utterly ridiculous.Another issue was with the technology in some cases. This may have more to do with lack of information at the time the author wrote this book. Maybe this comment is more in hindsight, but it just felt ridiculous when reading this. First off Wesley needed to get a book for someone, so he was printing one from a printing station on the bridge. This just seemed silly to me. In another instance Beverly had information on a tape cassette drive. There’s no way those would still exist, I can’t understand why the author thought that would be the pinnacle of data storage even in the late 80’s when this was published.Finally, despite really nailing Data’s character in this book unlike the previous two, Picard’s character was a little off. He was a little too mean and way too impulsive it seemed. It was strange because it never felt like he really weighed his decisions very carefully and he had multiple explosions of anger in this book. This just doesn’t mesh with the stoic captain we see on television. I suppose this irrational personality makes sense for her writing that Picard was convinced Data had emotions, which clearly isn’t true and it’s obvious he doesn’t believe such a thing in the show.Regardless of those weird things the overall story was okay. The Enterprise stumbles into a situation where the highest levels of Starfleet Security take a major role. Amidst all this secrecy they try to solve an old mystery involving missing children. Their original mission was to transport some back woods farmer type people that have decided to reject technology (despite their travelling in a star ship to another planet… go figure). Basically they’re Amish. Anyway, I could have done without the farmer people, but their role makes a bit more sense in the very end, not sure if it was worth the effort of having them there frankly. My one other gripe is the religious references to ancient human religions, such as Christianity, this doesn't get mentioned at all in the show. So Beverly’s name for a child as Moses is pretty foolish in my opinion. The human race in the Star Trek universe is supposed to have grown beyond such trappings and certainly not show favoritism in ones historical knowledge. Maybe it made sense… I don’t know… I just felt like it didn’t belong in this “world”, if you know what I mean.In the end 2.5 stars.

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