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Man from Atlantis Paperback – June 21, 2016
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Patrick Duffy starred in The Man from Atlantis in 1976-7. Although raised in Montana, he was trained with SCUBA by his sister, a professional diver. He then went on to pursue his theatrical career. After The Man from Atlantis he spent 13 years on TV’s Dallas and then 7 years on Step by Step.
But Duffy never forgot his desire to fill in the missing pieces of Mark Harris's life. After moving to his Oregon ranch in 2001 he used his down time to write the first of his Man from Atlantis books. Not needing to confine his imagination to the special effects limitations of the 1970's he has fleshed out an incredible life history of not just Mark Harris but of his entire Atlantean race.
You can connect with Patrick Duffy on Patrick Duffy .org or .com
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I was obsessed with the "Man From Atlantis" TV series when I was ten years old. The show was cancelled, and I remember being so mad that we never found out where Mark Harris was from, that I wrote a script and mailed it to NBC. LOL. They obviously did not listen to me, but the show was responsible for me wanting to become a writer. At the time I was into comic book heroes, Aquaman, and Jacques Cousteau, so I guess it was natural that I liked this TV series so much. Anyway, I was really interested in reading this novel.
This story is set seventeen years after the TV series, and it's written as though it will be the first book in a series. Mark Harris and Dr. Elizabeth Merrill are still working together, with a couple of new characters to assist them. Elizabeth has been in love with Mark for this entire time! Yikes!
An attempt is made on Mark's life. As he pursues his two assailants, he discovers the undersea city that he is from. I was happy that Mark was from Atlantis, BTW, instead of being from another planet or dimension. I liked the description of the city and the dome that protects it. I won't post a lot of spoilers, but I loved the details about the civilization and about Mark's family. But now he's discovered that he has an Atlantean wife! What the heck is poor Elizabeth gonna do?
I feel the author defined Mark's character well. In the television series, there was always an innocence and vulnerability about Mark, and I can totally see him getting into poetry. I think the character who is searching for home and an identity has always been a powerful archetype in stories and mythology. I also really liked Dr. Raggit's character, and what he had to say about art and poetry.
I hope that the author continues writing the series!
I understand there will be three books total and that's great! I want to read them all.
My only negative comment is that the book could have used a proof reader. Found a bunch of typos. Hopefully that will be corrected in the next two books. Most people probably wouldn't even notice.
So glad to have found this! Looking forward to reading more! ♡
The story is full of rich details and beautiful descriptions of Atlantis, the people, the powers gifted to the Royal line and their core beliefs. There is palace intrigue and Patrick truly gets into Mark's mind and what drives him once he finds his long-lost home.
However, I'm sad for Elizabeth. She, their close relationship, and his life on land seemed all but forgotten. Although it wasn't expressed on the show, I felt a love between them. Particularly in the TV movies before the format was tweaked for a weekly series and her wonderful character was reduced. I think I keep giving Mark more emotions than he has, or at least outwardly displays. His Atlantean Queen was nice, but I was overcome with the dreaded feeling that she's a "Mary Sue," - in that she's too perfect for words. I felt the same way about his mother, the 2 women are so much alike.
I mean no disrespect to Patrick, I'm just really Team Elizabeth here.
I was hoping that he'd somehow regale his Atlantean family with tales of his life on land. But that wasn't the case. He was thrust into old life and overwhelmed with memories, royal responsibilities, life-forces, and somewhat magical abilities that were largely untapped on land. Not to mention the huge task set before him and the tragic mystery he must solve before he can rightfully move on. So I forgive Mark for that.
In the Pilot movie, Mark tells Elizabeth before he dives to the Submarine,- "Perhaps when I'm deep in the ocean, I will remember." And she gently rephrases it, "Perhaps when you are deep in the ocean, you will forget about us." Mark simply responds "No." Elizabeth changes the subject.
It's clear Patrick ran with that for his book, Mark doesn't forget, but he becomes one again with his true home. I felt in a way, Elizabeth was right.
I still sincerely hope Patrick decides to continue this trilogy.
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