THE FIX - REVIEWS & BLURBS
“Blazes like a 4.2 forty with the intrigue of a Sports Illustrated cover Piece.” Andrew Gross – NY Times
Bestselling Author

“One thing I love is a good mystery. More than that I love a good sports mystery. And most of all I love a good
sports mystery that feels real. ‘The Fix’ is all of the above.”
John Feinstein – NYT Bestselling Author,
Broadcaster, Journalist

Continuing to write first-rate suspense - exploring the deepest conflicts in human nature. Exquisitely crafted with an
utterly surprising climax, this story will satisfy all. Balkind takes you away for a spellbinding, all-consuming
afternoon.
Tonja Walker - Actress, Producer, Real Estate Entrepreneur

As a former college athlete and now a member of the national media I couldn't take my eyes off The Fix. The twists
and turns kept me on the edge of my seat as a sports fan. It's a must read!”
Doug Gottlieb, Host of The Doug
Gottlieb Show on CBS Radio. Former professional basketball player & ESPN basketball analyst.


“As a former newspaper and mag scribe, I am always looking for the story within the story and The Fix makes you
wonder could this really happen today? Like every good book I have ever read the Fix made me think and that is a
good thing. A must read!”
Damon Hack, award winning Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, NY Times,
Newsday and Golf Channel’s, Morning Drive

“This story could easily be a headline in the upcoming sports pages.  Fantastic story of good ol' boy working hard
to do right, but getting mixed up with the wrong crowd and over his head.  A must read for any football fan, or any
fan of college sports for that matter. Engaging characters, true to life situations, and a story that will make you
rethink the headlines regarding college sports.”
Mike Dishmon

"Fast, lively, and morally complex, The Fix starts with a bang and hurtles along to a surprising, satisfying
conclusion. Balkind has produced another vivid thriller set in the intersection where modern-day sports, big
business, and crime collide."
Joe Wallace, author of Diamond Ruby and Invasive Species

"Sports, suspense and a compelling look at the temptations and tragedies of gambling...'The Fix' is a sure thing!"
Brian A. Crowell - PGA Professional, TV Broadcaster, author of Slice Free Golf

“Touchdown!...Balkind and Burr toss you not only a winning sports novel, but they also have you come face-to-
face with the dirty underbelly of the gambling arena.  You will be hooked by this addicting page turner with its
depth of character, unexpected twists and turns and surprise ending.”
Karen Moore  

“A page turner with the capacity to make you think, cheer, and yell. You won't be able to put it down!”
Zachary
Ship

“A five star read for any reader. A sports fan might take more from this than I did but I doubt it. The sport is the
mechanism the humanity is the cause and effect.”
Wanda Hartzenberg

“It took about a minute to be instantly drawn into the plot and characters in The Fix. What an amazing story that is
simultaneously entertaining, suspenseful and disturbing. Another great book by Michael Balkind.”
Kerry
Lawrence, Former federal prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer

"The Fix is well-written and engaging.  It will raise your blood pressure, and may break your heart, but you will not
put it down until you read the last word."  
Yale R Jaffe, author of Advantage Disadvantage

"Michael Balkind has a gift for placing the reader directly in the center of the sporting action. I feel like I'm with the
character as he moves step by step toward a moment that will challenge him physically and mentally. In that, he
reminds me of John Grisham when he's at the top of his form."  
Scott Bierko – Songwriter

“Michael Balkind and Ryan Burr have written a book not only about college football, but the triumphs and tragedies
players are exposed to. Balkind and Burr put us into the huddles and tackles, and the games are exciting on many
levels. An excellent look of the reality of the game. Excellent read for sports fans and excellent storytelling. This is
a winner!”
Ellen George, author of Flutterby

“I was totally involved from the beginning and it kept me on the edge with each chapter I read. The Fix is a winner!”
Mark LePino

“I found The Fix to be very entertaining. The ending was exciting and totally unexpected.  I finished the book in a
little over a day.”
Jay Stuart

“Balkind and Burr have written a great book which gives great insight into the psychology of a gambler, the
mechanisms of game fixing and underworld operators and a masterful and compelling read. “
Christoph Fischer – author of The Three Nations Trilogy

"I'm not usually into sports, but I found THE FIX compelling. Extraordinary insight into how sport figures, with so
much to lose, can get sucked into gambling and situations seemingly beyond their control. It made me reexamine
the reasons behind some of the risks I have taken in my searches for sunken treasure.”
Dr. E. Lee Spence,
Underwater Archeologist, Author, Photographer

“Balkind and Burr had me hooked from the very beginning.  I absolutely needed to find out the main character's
fate and enjoyed reading the book from beginning to end.  I give The Fix 5 stars out of 5!”
Chantal Bellehumeur
- Author

"The Fix offers a great insight into the lure of sport gambling. Readers will find quickly themselves living vicariously
through the characters in this book."
 Andy Gillentine
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