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The Children of Hamlin (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Carter Carmen
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The Hamlin Massacre -- every Starfleet officer knows the tale. The tiny Federation outpost of hamlin was destroyed, its entire adult population ruthlessly slaughtered, before the first defense shield could be raised. Even worse, the colony's children disappeared without a trace, abducted by the aliens who attacked with a ferocity and speed that outmatched their Starfleet pursuers.
Now, fifty years later, the Choraii ships have appeared again. But this time the Federation is ready; this time the Choraii must pay for what they need. The precious metals can only be bought with the Hamlin children still living with their captors.
This time, the Choraii must face Captain Jean-Luc Picard -- and the crew of the starship Enterprise...


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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 EnterpriseTM standing at red alert.

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  • File Size: 1905 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (May 23, 2000)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJGYU
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Library rats need not run away April 12, 2000
By Siskoid
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While the Wesley subplot IS distracting, the story has some good elements, surprising for one of the early TNG novels. The aliens ships are very alien (and the aliens themselves so mysterious we never see them), and Yar's preparation more realistic than what the show would have offered. Not very fast-paced, The Children of Hamlin is nonetheless a thoughtful moral play, like many Star Trek efforts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars STNG #3 The Children of Hamlin - Thought provoking! July 11, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Children of Hamlin" is but the first of only three great Star Trek The Next Generation novels that this fine author brought to fruition. While not being her best STNG novel, which in my opinion is "The Devil's Heart, it is a well written and thought provoking early Star Trek The Next Generation story. What is amazing is that it took the author two years to write her previous Star Trek The Original Series novel, "Dreams of the Raven," but after being given only three months for this novel, she wrote it so well!
The premise:
Everybody in Starfleet and the Federation knows the tale of the small Federation colony of Hamlin where aliens called the Choraii came and destroyed the colony, killed all of the adults and abducted the children and disappeared into the blackness of space. It is now fifty years later and the Choraii have returned, but this time they will have to deal with the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, her stalwart commanding officer, Captain Jean Luc Picard and her crew.
I would definitely recommend this early Star Trek The Next Generation novel for it's author is among one of the best of the early trek authors and it is a well written, thought provoking tale, raising the question of children who were kidnapped and later, as adults, are given the opportunity to return to their own kind but wish to stay where they are. {ssintrepid}
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just like a first season episode... April 19, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Children of Hamlin is just as the title describes. It's about the decedents of a massacre where the children were thought to be taken away or slaughtered by ruthless aliens that outmatched the Federation.
Fifty years after the dreaded event, it turns out many of the children thought to be long dead are alive among a people called the "Choraii." Picard negotiates with these ruthless aliens to get Hamlin survivors and decedents back home ... only some of them developed a life there and don't want to go back.
It could have been a proposed script for the TV show and it has of all cast members Tasha Yar as head of security. This is classic season one material. The characters have a lot of unknowns that were later filled in by later episodes. In this novel the characters seem so a little fresher and more impulsive. In one scene Picard loses his temper with the a negotiator. He starts banging his fist his desk and demanding a straight answer from him.
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By Maggie
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I read this book first when I was thirteen or so, and ordered it out of nostalgia. It turns out that I should've left it in the past. What seemed like such an amazing book to a barely-teen turned out pretty flat and poorly written to an adult.

Carter's writing style was either young or unfinished in writing this book. It seems to take place in a series of explosive emotional meltdowns and problems immediately solved in the next chapter until you're wondering what the main plot of the book is. The ending seems designed to surprise you out of nowhere, but the foreshadowing is so blatant that I felt a bit of shame at my thirteen year old self for liking the book.

This is decent brain candy, don't get me wrong. It's a lovely, pat, neat story with the normal Star Trek formula of "two problems to solve by the end" and some interconnection between them. If you want a simple book to read without having to think too hard, this is totally the book for it. If you're looking for depth and writing craft, however, you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling characters, compelling journey June 24, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek has always been about the personal journey, not so much the physical. This book neatly captures those journeys - of coming of age; reshaping expectations; of boldly going forward because it is the only rational thing to do. I found the non-Enterprise characters compelling, they are people of whom one is left wondering how they fared in the days, months, years afterwards. And there is a comfortable feel of continuing on with the crew, having come to know them a little better. Of all the ST novels that used to line my shelves, this is one of the few that I kept. It is quite simply a good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A holodeck is not a TARDIS June 28, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story was ok even if you do have to put up with Wesley and his annoying farmer friends.

A holodeck projects illusions or holograms if you wish, it does not create infinite space like a TARDIS. I don't really blame the author for not knowing that (even though you think she would) but someone in editing should have caught the mistake.

After reading the entire story, I began thinking back at the beginning and now I wonder why the big secret mission. Should have been common knowledge to everyone, no need for secret agents. Very anti-climatic. Oh well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, true to characters
This book is well written using characters from Star Trek TNG. The storyline gets the reader involved quickly and is full of twists and turns keeps the reader's interest. Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars A clash of cultures that simply do not understand each other,...
Several decades ago a Federation outpost was raided, all the adults brutally killed and the children abducted. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by Charles Ashbacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Trek Fare
Carter's first Trek novel, Dreams of the Raven, was an outstanding effort. The Children of Hamlin, however, doesn't rise above the level of an average Trek book - a pleasant... Read more
Published on July 20, 2002 by jrmspnc
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,but...
This was a good book.I love books where children are kiddennapped,then raised by their captors(Indians,Pirates,Aliens).The Choraii seem trully alien,but...you never see them! Read more
Published on March 27, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice character bits but too much emphasis on Wesley!
The book has some nice (but rather too obvious) links to the first season of The Next Generation (examples such as Dr Crusher telling Yar that she doesn't want to see her in her... Read more
Published on October 7, 1998 by s.l.kerrison@durham.ac.uk
3.0 out of 5 stars Picard must find the aliens that kidnapped the children.
The old story of Star Trek captain faced with an abduction mystery. Averagely written.

Read the other STTNG novels first.
Published on July 28, 1997
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