- Book 1 - An Extra-ordinary Beginning - The explosion ripped through the European Space Station with the speed of a bullet.
- Book 2 - Survival Instinct - “Good morning, it’s eight o’clock Greenwich Mean Time and here is the news."
- Book 3 - Fall Back - Heavy snow had been falling all night and Paris was almost silent. (not released until autumn/fall)
- Book 4 - as yet untitled - The door opened inwardly, and air burst into the plane’s cabin. (currently being written)
If I were to rate them from best to worst, I would say: 1, 4, 3, 2. The opening line from Book 4, with a few tweaks in the second draft could be the best. I will make these as I now have a greater understanding of why opening lines are important. However, they are not essential.
The American Book Review published what it felt was the best 100 opening lines in literature. Of the top best-selling books in history (reported to be A Tale of Two Cities, The Lord of the Rings, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, And Then There Were None, 紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber), The Hobbit and She: A History of Adventure) only A Tale of Two Cities makes the list.
A Tale of Two Cities' opening line is, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."
An opening line should hook the reader is some way. If a reader is hooked, they'll read a book and surely that is a success?