I've not done any writing previously and want to start writing a novel in the "survival thriller" genre. I appreciate this is generally quite trashy but hey, I like it! However, when I read a novel of this type they very quickly work through a series of cliches and predictable set-pieces. Not the end of the world if done well but I often read something and think "there, that's the exact point where the story jumped the shark". For example: "he opened the boot of the car and found a matte black ballistic nylon case containing a blah blah sniper rifle with blah blah scope, laser sight and x thousand spare rounds". Unfortunately a lot of these scenes are predictable because the survival situation demands it, people would look for weapons etc and so to not put them in would seem deliberately unrealistic. So I guess I'm asking how would you minimise this effect whilst still including the common sense actions of the MC?