Book Review – Aviation Stories-1: Dying To Fly

Aviation Stories-1: Dying To Fly Review


Chriselda Barretto
Self-Published (2019)
ISBN 9789463881029
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (3/19)

“Aviation Stories-1: Dying to Fly,” is the first book in a series of aviation stories by Chriselda Barretto. While it is a fictional drama, it is based upon a true story.

The protagonist, Ellen Sanders, is a senior flight attendant with over twenty years of experience. She develops concerns about her health when she starts experiencing extreme fatigue, along with tingling numbness in her joints. She expects relief after she has surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, however, she notices a continued decline in her health after there is a serious incident at work. This incident involved being on a flight that had an odorous, smoky grey fog extending the length of the cabin. Sensors caused alarms to go off indicating that there might be a fire onboard, however, there was not. The plane returned to the airport, but it appears damage from inhaling the foul air triggered more health issues. In spite of her love for aviation, Ellen decides to change careers. She is thrilled to have her energy levels rise. When she runs into former co-workers, she discovers that several of them are experiencing health issues believed to be related to flying. This sickness is known as Aerotoxic Syndrome and it has been completely disabling for some individuals. Ellen meets with a doctor who is treating people for it and she decides to start speaking out about what she and others are experiencing.

The author reports that Aerotoxic Syndrome not only affects aviation employees, but also people who fly frequently. It is critical that people know that this problem exists so that they can either insist that changes be made in the aviation industry or take care not to be overly exposed to these environmental conditions.

After reading this book, I felt like aviation employees are the canaries in the coal mines for the aviation industry. This is an extremely scary thought! Personally, my biggest fears about flying have always centered around being exposed to germs from other passengers on the flight. Of course, I have had deeper fears about the plane crashing, but I know that I am more likely to pick up a bug from a fellow traveler. Learning about Aerotoxic Syndrome is an eye opener, especially for me because I already am dealing with autoimmune issues and have no desire to do anything to worsen my health.

I enjoyed the way the author delivers this message in a dramatic suspense-like read, entertaining readers with a captivating story while educating the public. “Aviation Stories-1: Dying to Fly” by Chriselda Barretto is full of critical information and is a must-read for people who either work in the aviation industry or who fly frequently.

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Review for “Dreams & Dew”

Another review for my book of Poems & Prose…”Dreams & Dew”
Thank you Mr Grady Harp🙏

Read “Dreams & Dew” and tell me what you think 💋

Grady Harp,Top Contributor: Children’s Books


5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Unimaginable it seems To count the number Of mere shades all over’

By Grady Harp on 29 November 2018

Born in Bombay, India author Chriselda Barretto now lives in Belgium and has mixed roots Anglo-Indian and Goan-Portuguese. In addition to writing she is an Inflight Safety Training Instructor in the Aviation Industry. She is also a professional modern jazz dancer.

In this well designed book – a combination of images and shapes placed well with the many poems and prose Chriselda offers – we are privileged to musings by an obviously thoughtful and caring person. The thoughts are clear, well written and musical

This book is divided into sections – Intrigue, Romantic, Joy, Dreamer, Inspire, Thoughts, Philosophical, Trust, Broken, and Love each with little moments spark the imagination and support the growth of the visual and the emotional spirit. Some examples follow:


Awaken me like you do
Every morning be it rain, shine or hue

Build in me thoughts so free
Cause it helps me foresee
This enhancing feel of love and cheer
Heartfelt, warm, full of all that is dear

Allow me the will
To clear for you a place, quiet and still
To feed me with your love-spliced pill!

Crazy Painting

Squares of pearls
Blotching out the swirls
Made by this magical brush

Strokes of molten gold
Beneath the soft lead
Shading the brown summer bread

Silvery lines whinnying over
All the flurry of the cover

Turn over the page
Dipping in the red
Splash the colours
Lava on the run
Heat up the crazy burn!

Take the plunge
Scrape off the tar
As soft as black butter
Get on with the next spar!

This is yet another fine book by Chriselda to stimulate thoughts and perceptions and to encourage each of our emotions.
Grady Harp, November 18

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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Book Review – The Creep

My thoughts on paper….
As an author, you strive to create a story, though fiction, you want it to captivate and resonate with your audience. This review makes me so happy, as I was trying something new and I knew from the start that it would be risky but worth a shot!

Thank you DG Penny for rating me so highly, thus motivating me to continue on with my mission of making narrative poetry popular.
Truly grateful 🙏❤️💋.
Here is her review:

DG Penny
Narrative poetry is my new discovery
November 12, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition

Narrative poetry in the thriller genre, I have to admit I wasn’t sure at all what to expect, but I am keen to explore different avenues of literature that I previously haven’t tried. I’m a fan of horror movies and horror books, although mainly the ones from years ago, and I have to say I thought this was pretty exceptional.

With anything unfamiliar it’s difficult to quantify so took me a while to gather my thoughts, but after consideration, and that the lines resonated with me long after, I have to give this a solid 5 stars. Applaudable vision and ambition to even attempt this, a big favorite with me.

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This Read Was an Enjoyable, Learning Experience for Me

on 9 November 2018

This is the third Chriselda Barretto book that I have finished in less than a week and I am pleased to tell you that it was an enjoyable, learning experience for me with its poems and their storylines and all. I truly found this book entertaining and suitable for my reading tastes I am so happy to recommend it to you to go ahead and order it for your Kindle collection right now. The poems here are multi-themed, with elements ranging from romance to thriller to inspirational. In all honesty, I have found a poetry book (here) that mirrors my own books that I have written and published. Just to give a preview of what I liked from this book, here are a few quotes or lines that I am sure will help you make your ultimate decision on buying it for yourself or your loved one for this upcoming gift-giving holiday season this year!

“Raindrops falling from eyes/ teardrops falling from the skies/…Pain to bring joy/ Happiness to lead to suffering…” I found the subjects in these lines to be opposite of each other, yet they are so true which shows Barretto’s amazing wisdom and insight.

“Under the bright moonlight/ cometh she out her mound/ skin glistening like/ little shimmering diamonds/ yearning for love and affection/ always facing rejection…” This has dual meanings for me. There is the mermaid from Andersen’s fairy tale and then there is the man/woman who faces rejection when they just want love and affection therefore it is forbidden love…

Other poems and prose in this fascinating and magical book of Barretto’s are obviously influenced by her ethnic heritage’s Hinduism where she mentions names of deities of that religion throughout the book and it’s all so beautiful to my reading tastes. (I like it when someone has vast knowledge of his or her multicultural background.)

There are also poems that tell stories of romance and love that I am happy to inform you to have inspired me in my own plans for my third poetry collection. I tell you if there is a poet out there that has a fresh voice and point of view right now for me it would be Barretto here. I love how she manipulates the structure of her poetic lines to make them rhyme with each other, that to me, is talent and yes, Barretto has incredible talent. Her English vocabulary level is vast and she knows a lot to give her poems here that professionalism that great poets and writers possess.

I really enjoyed this third book of hers and I wholeheartedly urge you to give her a chance, order a copy of this beauty for yourself to experience her gift for yourself. I recommend this book to all those who love skillful poetry and prose, because you will be amazed by her unique and fresh voice. One final note: I truly enjoyed this work of hers from the other two I previously reviewed because this is art at its best and it has inspired me to write poems that will follow her technique. Good stuff, way to go Barretto!

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Book review – The Creep


A Poetic Narrative Featuring Christian and Mythological Elements
on 2 November 2018

The Creep by Chriselda Barretto is an interesting and original idea of its kind epic poem featuring a horrific monster dubbed by Barretto as the “Creep” that resembles the Greek monster, Medusa that comes to people through their dreams. It does not have a given name just that it is a creepy demon that only a certain little boy is destined to send back to wherever diabolical place it originated from. This is a new form of poetry book that is labeled as a thriller on Amazon’s website. It is similar to the Greek greats The Odyssey and The Iliad in that it tells a story through a narrator and this book is inspired by the Christian story of the villainous satan that was banished from heaven and is said to be on earth to wreak havoc only to be destroyed by the Lord Almighty’s son Jesus Christ. So I guess it’s safe to say that this book has a universal appeal to all those who are aware of Christ and His enemy satan.

This book is short and concise, the poetic lines are not lengthy but are rightfully brief and simple. It is written in a sort of way by Barretto to probably let each line rhyme and go smoothly with each other as a whole in order to be read poetically by avid readers of poetry books. I found no faults within this book except that to the amateur poetry reader, he or she may find the rhythm to be off-putting but as a poet myself, I can say that it is for the words’ syllables and consonants to flow rhythmically. I finished this book in two days but could have been shorter if I wasn’t too tired from the Halloween craze of two days ago.

I suggest this book to those die-hard fans of poetry who may love a new poetic theme, in this case, the horror genre because in all my years on this earth the only horrific kind of poetry book I’ve read was Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Other Poems and that’s about it. Barretto has sparked an interest in me for scary-themed poems and for epic poetry as well. Good luck to the author and her writing career and to everyone reading this book, try it out and see if it fancies you. I think a collector of poetry books should add this rare gem to his or her library. I think Barretto’s work here has made me feel like I should search for more book-length epic poems with all sorts of themes ranging from horror to suspense to romance of course to entertain me during this upcoming magical season of winter. God bless!

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