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

ISBN: 0671735551
ISBN 13: 9780671735555
By: Carmen Carter

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About this book

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


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.


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


I read all these "Next Generation" books in middle school/early high school. Even then I thought most of them were pretty bad. But I'm a completist so they must be included in my book list!

Daniel Shaw-cosman

A fun read. The 'enemy' race was very imaginative. Overall well written with some interesting exploration of character.


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.


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.

Martijn Hartman-maatman

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


Part of my project wherein I read all the published Trek books.


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

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.

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


It's a classic Trek... all the characters where they belong and in the way you expect them.

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.


Interesting story of closure on an old adversary.


I enjoyed the description of the alien ship (their technology) but the plot was uninteresting and slow.

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