No matter how I set things up, I end up at the same problem to write a certain sentence. The victim is doing a mundane task in some setting. Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. Suddenly, he is hit over the head. The victim is doing a mundane task in some setting. Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. Without warning, he is hit over the head. Basically, the victim is suddenly attacked from behind, in the dark, and is knocked unconscious. In what other way can this type of sentence be written without the cliches of "suddenly", "without warning", etc? This sort of situation will happen often in the book ... the calm before the storm type thing ... so I will have to know alternative ways to avoid these cliches, but yet convey the same thing. Help!