Action-packed tale of fate intertwines the lives of a merchant navy deck officer and a civilian doctor as they reflect on their career choices

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Phillip Messinger announces the release of ‘Something in the Blood’

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Phillip Messinger’s personal experience of training, seafaring, medical issues at sea, heart-searching, breakdown and recovery inspired him to write “Something in the Blood” (published by AuthorHouse UK), an action-packed tale of fate that intertwines the lives of a merchant navy deck officer and a civilian doctor, leaving each to look inward and reflect on their career choices.

As a child, Chris thought he wanted to be a doctor, but a visit to a training ship convinced him that his future lay at sea. Jonathan on the other hand decided to study medicine but always had a hankering for faraway places, and had a rather romanticized view of the sea based on some of his father’s reminiscences.

Fate would bring them together, and in an action-packed account, this book explores the way in which they re-visited their early aspirations, and decided if indeed they should have followed a different course. They pursued their careers, but always with the occasional thought that, maybe, they had been swayed by circumstances into the wrong direction.

“This is an exciting action-seafaring and medical stuff without too much detail. It is about the dilemma which everyone faces about ‘Who am I,’ ‘What should I do with my life’ ‘What is my direction?’ and ‘Am I good enough?’” Messinger says. When asked what he wants readers to take away from this book, he answers, “An awareness that we are all capable, that when we make life-decisions, they may not always be right. They can be changed, but if we listen to our own heart, and are fair to ourselves, we have a good chance of making and living an effective life.” For more details about this book, please visit

“Something in the Blood”
By Phillip Messinger
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 122 pages | ISBN 9781665585781
E-Book | 122 pages | ISBN 9781665585798
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Phillip Messinger was a navigating officer in the Merchant Navy who progressed on to spend 24 years at sea that included eight years as captain of global trading chemical tankers. After attaining rank of commander in the Royal Naval Reserves, he later worked in shipping management and as a management consultant. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Shirley, in Hampshire, England, near his children and their beautiful families.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrates over 23 years of service to authors. For more information or to publish a book visit or call 0-800-014-8641.

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