The Fix

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Meet Colt Walker, one of the best college quarterbacks in the game. Why would a guy with Heisman and NFL potential risk it all on petty gambling?
Meet referee, Frank Gastner, a man consumed by alcohol, gambling, and divorce.
Follow as alcohol, lies, and bookies wreak havoc on them until they meet on the field, each hoping to resolve his own dilemma. You’ll be left guessing until the final play. More

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About Michael Balkind

Michael Balkind is the author of the Deadly Sports Mysteries as well as other novels. His novels are endorsed by literary greats including James Patterson, Clive Cussler, John Lescroart, Wendy Corsi Staub & Tim Green. He has appeared on ESPN's The Pulse and Sportsnet's Daily News Live and was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly. He has co-hosted and is a regular guest on The Clubhouse radio show. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Balkind graduated from Syracuse University and currently resides in New York.

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Alex D reviewed on on Oct. 20, 2014
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As a current student of Syracuse University, I was quickly able to resonate with this novel and become hooked after reading the first chapter. The story of Colt Walker is an excellent portrayal of how greed and the yearning for money can cause a person to spiral out of control and lose sight of his dreams. Although the book is about sports, any reader would be able to enjoy it because everyone can relate to what it feels like to face hard times. Michael Balkind and Ryan Burr come together to create a beautiful piece of literature in which is not only informative when it comes to the life of sports and gambling, but also makes for an extremely exciting read. I very much enjoyed reading this novel and found many parts to be truly inspiring! I look forward to reading more books by Michael Balkind and Ryan Burr as they are the type of writers that can capture the reader immediately and always keep them wondering what will happen next!
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Lauren Alumbaugh reviewed on on May 8, 2014

Let me start off by saying I was scared to read this book, because I hate sports. However the author made me a fan of his work. There was alot of talk about sports, but it also included gambling, addiction and morals. This story follows Colt who is an all star football player in college whose dream is in reach. However he quickly loses himself and goes down a dark path. Then the story flips to Frank, who we don't know alot about, but suffers some of the same problems as Colt. The end ties it all together in a beautiful way. Great read, looking forward to reading more by this author. WaAR
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
1Knitter reviewed on on Jan. 29, 2014

Fast paced, intetesting book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the wold time. Could not put it down. Thanks guys, it was a great read!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
klmoore1 reviewed on on Jan. 29, 2014

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 L. Moore
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Mike Dishmon reviewed on on Jan. 27, 2014

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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Chantal Bellehumeur reviewed on on Jan. 14, 2014

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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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