Famed broadcaster Robert MacNeil, the longtime co-anchor of PBS's award-winning"MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, " displayed the wide range of his talents with hisassured and acclaimed first novel, "Burden of Desire." In "TheVoyage," his splendid second novel, he further hones his powers ofstorytelling and observation of the human heart in a dramatic contemporarytale."Adventure dies in domesticity." So muses David Lyon, one of the stars ofCanada's foreign service, as he prepares to accept the crowning moment of hiscareer: his elevation to foreign minister. But half a world away, in Finland, the famous model Francesca D'Anielli is missing and presumed dead. What linksthese two so different individuals is a passionate love affair that reachesback into their youth, when, as a young diplomat, David first met the beautifulFrancesca. Unbeknownst to his wife and children, and to the rest of thediplomatic corps, David had led a double life that now threatens to explode.Once Francesca's personal effects are discovered, David knows, their secretlove will come out -- endangering both his marriage and his career.Told with relentless drive from both David's and Francesca's fascinating pointsof view, "The Voyage" is a beautifully told story of love and itsunforeseen consequences. With it, Robert MacNeil continues to astonish with hiswide and knowing tone, his compassion, and his gr"A novel filled with riches and alight with understanding of the smallevents that lead to the huge upheavals in life."
-- "New York Times Book Review" "A powerful piece of work... "Burden of Desire" is a tremendousstory, its characters worthy of its grand scope, a compelling tale told withabsolutely unflaggingnarrative drive."
-- "Washington Post Book World"