Inspiration for 25.4

Vipul Patel carried the idea of 25.4 around in his head for a decade. From the minute news broke – in 2003 – about President George W. Bush’s first surprise visit to Iraq, the wheels in Patel’s head started turning at an accelerated speed.

“I admired the president for wanting to thank the troops in Iraq on Thanksgiving Day,” Patel said. “But I thought it was a dangerous move. What if something had gone wrong – like a security breach?”

The “what ifs” became the nucleus of 25.4.

Since Patel normally spent at least an hour a day commuting to his business, he purchased a digital recorder and put his drive time to work by audibly structuring his ideas into the basis of an intriguing political book.

“I took real events and imagined the worst case scenario,” Patel said.

In a political climate driven by terrorism and history-making events, Patel was never at a loss for sustenance to feed his creativity and imagination.

“In a 10-year period, we had wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; the SEAL Team 6 killing of Osama bin Laden; unrest in Libya, Egypt and Syria; the first black President of the United States; the most unproductive Congress in history; and China cyber attacks,” Patel said.

In 2012, Patel teamed up with veteran writer Deb R. Brimer and editor Fran Stepps to bring his brilliant ideas to life. The meeting of the minds became an integral part of 25.4.

“During the writing process, we met every Tuesday to collaboratively share ideas,” Patel said. “Since Deb and I are both strong willed individuals, Fran was often the voice of reason.”

Vipul Patel was a 10 year-old boy when he and his family emigrated from India to the US. He’s a avid fan of political action thriller movies.

“As I watched 25.4 play out in my mind, I not only envisioned a book,” Patel concluded. “I could see it on screen as well.”

Patel is an entrepreneur who lives in the Dallas area with his wife, son and daughter. His next venture is a sequel to 25.4.