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Eric Baldwin is the Federation's premier exologist, a specialist in all manner of alien life forms -- and one of Captain Picard's oldest, most trusted friends. But Baldwin's discoveries have made him enemies across the galaxy, and now he wants Picard to help him by erasing all traces of his existence.But Picard soon finds himself with little time to worry about Baldwin's pEric Baldwin is the Federation's premier exologist, a specialist in all manner of alien life forms -- and one of Captain Picard's oldest, most trusted friends. But Baldwin's discoveries have made him enemies across the galaxy, and now he wants Picard to help him by erasing all traces of his existence.But Picard soon finds himself with little time to worry about Baldwin's problems. For the U.S.S. Enterprise™. has suddenly become a strange and dangerous place -- a ship where assassins lurk in every corner, and even old trusted friends are not what they seem. Threats all masterminded by the strangest race of aliens Picard and his crew have yet encountered......

Title : Boogeymen
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ISBN : 9780671709709
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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Boogeymen Reviews

  • Emily
    2019-05-24 01:58

    Okay so the writing and lack of editing wasatrocious . It physically injured me. However, the plot was pretty good, so it kept me until the end. I bought this when I was like 12 or 13, and then never read it. I found it buried in a bookshelf in my basement and read it for the hell of it (also because I'm on a Star Trek kick, so sue me). Like I said, there were an exceptional amount of mistakes in here, some of which were so blatantly obvious (calling women 'he' several times throughout the book [and I don't mean like a ma'am/sir thing]) I literally shared them with my sister and Mom at the dinner table. We're an odd family... Moving on. I'm not saying all grammar and spelling mistakes are forbidden, and that I never make any because God knows I do. However, when I'm speaking, it's not going to be published (I assume). Also, I'm allowed. I have brain damage (your argument is invalid HA).The plot was decent, if not a little repetitive. I am one of the few human beings who actually love Wesley (and Wil Wheaton, Wil Wheaton's AWESOME, man...). My sister and I are constantly having to defend ourselves and prove our sanity. I don't like him near the beginning of the series (the episode where his nanites got loose and nearly destroyed the ship? I mean COME ON.) but as he grew out of his teenage male testosterone-filled self, I really came to love him and he's definitely up there in my list of favourite TNG characters. My point to this is that since this book was mostly based around him, that, as well as the 'keeps you guessing and can take any which direction it chooses' plot kept me reading to the very end. Ultimately, if you can put up with annoying writing style and editing, it's definitely worth reading.

  • Camille
    2019-04-30 22:05

    Oh Wesley Crusher, your anxiety, curiosity and intelligence will destroy The Enterprise one day, I swear! The crew is faced with the two separate dilemmas which suddenly become mixed together. Will they survive? Will the Enterprise be destroyed? Did Troi really come up with the solution? Is Beverly going to hook up with the Captain towards the end? My friends, you will all find out if you read it...Ok, ok, this is NOT the greatest TNG novel, nor is it the worst. It's pretty average on the cusps of being slightly bad. It starts pretty well, but towards the end of the novel the events get more and more ridiculous. I already mentally giggled every time Captain Picard said the word "boogeymen."

  • Jerry
    2019-05-16 23:10

    Different than usual for this series...but I enjoyed it!

  • Bradley
    2019-05-09 01:21

    Fun solid read. Enjoyed it. =)

  • Craig
    2019-05-05 22:03

    Kind of a run of the mill Wesley-centric story. I liked how they were able to solve the story but nothing really seemed too original here as this always seemed to be a fall-back story on TNG. Still enjoyed it though.

  • Anna
    2019-05-12 21:20

    One star for the actual book, five for how hilarious it was. Most likely unintentionally. Had me in fits of laughter exactly in places where it shouldn't have. The fact that Wesley hasn't blown the ship up over the 4ish years he's been on it is astounding. The fact that Picard lets him on the bridge and gives him responsibilities is even more astounding. Love the kid, I do, but that's what he is: a kid. Clever, but inexperienced, and am not sure who's more irresponsible, him or the adults around him. Data pretending to be sick while malfunctioning was a hoot though. He's always fun. Also, Picard having the hots for a hologram. I can see Riker behaving like that, but Picard? Still, funny...

  • Benjamin Featherston
    2019-05-01 22:23

    Whenever I pick up a Star Trek novel by the writer outside of the usual stable of Trek authors, it is always with some trepidation. Just how well does this new author understand Star Trek, and what makes it appealing to me as a viewer and potential reader? How well does he or she understand the characters? Will this novel be little better than bad fan fiction? Mel Gilden captures the atmosphere of season 3 of TNG, both in how the characters are portrayed and the type of story being told. At many points this novel felt like a lost early episode of the television series. The story revolves around a near-impossibility; we get a sympathetic Wesley Crusher trying to address a believable adolescent problem! Wesley is struggling to prove to himself that he has what it takes to someday become an effective leader, and his interactions with the crew, as well as the method he uses to test his mettle, are perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the classic television show.Unfortunately, we also get many of the weak points of the early Next Generation episodes; malfunctioning holodecks, the crew rendered helpless by failing technology, and an overly technical resolution to a problem that would be more satisfying to see solved by more character-driven actions. Rushed editing (common in all nineties Star Trek novels by Pocket Books) has left several jarring continuity hiccups, such as the means of Data's computer link changing in between pages. Odds are that if you are reading this book now, you are looking for a nostalgic look back at one of the most beloved eras in Star Trek's history. Although Mel Gilden did not intend it as such, "Boogeymen" provides an enjoyable look back at when TNG was at its best.

  • Aaron
    2019-05-18 22:11

    It had been much too long since I had perused the shelves of my Star Trek novels. Of course, my favorite is TNG. I picked "Boogeymen" because it was early in series of novels (#17) and it, according to the back cover, dealt with one of Picard's old friends, and too, it alludes that the setting is the Enterprise itself.The only setback is that the novel's main antagonist (heheh) is that annoyingly puerile Ensign Wesley Crusher. The thing is, he's not that annoying here—not as much as usual anyway. The prologue gives us a glance into Wesley's personal log, which shows a depth not often seen in his character.The story itself remained plausible up until around the middle of the book. Things got a little ridiculous, but overall Mel Gilden does a great job of telling an interesting and succinct tale. There were a couple of issues, but I've forgotten them now. I didn't think the end was very plausible—Picard heading to the holodeck to check out a woman in his private detective scenario.So, "Boogeymen" successfully tickled my nostalgic bone for TNG, and there were lots of little character easter-eggs of sorts for long-time fans.

  • Conan Tigard
    2019-05-18 00:28

    Boogeymen mostly revolves around Wesley Crusher, Data and Jean-Luc Picard as they struggle to figure out how the Boogeymen can possibly be taking over the Enterprise. I always liked the character of Wesley Crusher and was sad when he left the show. I thought he had a lot of potential to evolve into a very interesting, and powerful, being in the Star Trek Universe. Mel Gilden has done wonderful job in nailing the Star Trek characters in this book. This story must have taken place right before Wesley left the show, as he already has his honorary Ensign rank and appears quite grown up. I would have liked to have seen the Boogeymen be more ruthless, but, in reality, this book reads exactly as if it were one of the television shows, rather than a more action-oriented movies. The story is fast-paced and quite enjoyable to read. The new aliens introduced are very interesting as are some of the situations the crew finds themselves in that are new and enjoyable to read about. Overall, Boogeymen is a very good Star Trek: The Next Generation story and I do recommend it for your reading pleasure. I rated this book an 8 out of 10.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-13 21:27

    This is a somewhat odd book and I don't think the back cover blurb will lead to quite accurate expectations. In brief and probably spoiler-y,(view spoiler)[ one of Wesley's projects goes awry and gets tangled in with some odd aliens. Several characters (hint: cover) are trapped on the holodeck for a while. Later on the Enterprise ceases to function some dramatic ways,(hide spoiler)] and everything has to be fixed. If you don't like Wesley this may not be the book for you, and despite his presence on the cover, and the teaser quote, I don't think the book is very Data-centric.Some of the computer structure strikes me as dated (oh well. Hindsight is twenty-twenty. Hey, Khan, I think you were born the same decade as I?), and even though it wasn't totally out of line with the series, it wasn't the sort of story that's really my cup of tea.

  • Emi Jerome
    2019-05-14 03:23

    I'm almost certain that this book didn't go through any kind of editing process. Few of the crew were in character, the plot was incoherent, and there were atrocious grammar mistakes throughout the 50 pages that I was able to stomach. As an avid Next Gen fan, I couldn't handle how poorly this was written.

  • Cary Spratt
    2019-05-10 04:19

    This book starts off as a fairly generic 'malfunctioning holodeck' plot. It's only after they get rescued from the holodeck (about halfway through) that things get interesting. Therefore, I'm giving the first half of the book 2 stars and the second half 4 stars, for an average rating of 3.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-05-16 05:00

    A TNG novel so bland & beige that I could barely make it to the finish line. There are things that occur in this book, events that take place...yet why did I have the feeling as I was (barely) reading it that absolutely nothing was happening?

  • Robert
    2019-04-29 03:28

    I didn't really like this book. And the reasons are kind of stupid and not really important. One of the reasons is they called the communicators, insignia. And counselor troi was the one that came up with the simple engineering solution to the virus

  • David
    2019-05-09 00:01

    I registered a book at!

  • Blooming
    2019-05-13 04:27

    Incredibly entertaining. Funny...but goes on about two chapters too long

  • Angela
    2019-05-02 00:04

    A holodeck mishap sends the Enterprise into trouble. A good Picard and Wesley story.

  • Tamara
    2019-05-05 00:23

    A great, page turning, funny book packed with accurate character depictions. A little too much filler at the end. An enjoyable read.

  • Stacey Schmidt
    2019-05-04 23:09

    Fantastic book!!

  • K
    2019-04-25 23:10


  • Jeff
    2019-04-27 04:13

    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!