Paperback, written in English, from 1960s or 70s.

Starts off with a man waking up in cave or buried chamber. He receives info and instructions from a A.I. super computer . (Its been xx years 30? 60? 100? since the collapse of society. The computer's scanners (Satellites? Camera?) are not working anymore and it needs him to scout around and find out whats happening, return, and report back to it what he finds.

Unbeknownst to him, his body has been modified to assist him in surviving, and he has no knowledge of anything from before he awoke. He is stronger, has more stamina, needs to eat less often, and armored bones? (I believe at one point he gets shot but only gets a serious flesh wound, instead of a critical injury because the bullet bounces off a rib instead of penetrating his chest cavity)

Three things I remember from the story.

  1. Shortly after starting his exploration, he rescues a woman being abused by a couple men (Kills them). She follows him for protection. He is not interested, but eventually allows it.

  2. At one point they are stuck in a blizzard, (Maybe also fell through the ice into a river) They are freezing and it is taking to long to gather materials and start a fire. Suddenly his neck locks straight ahead, his jaw opens wide, a tube from his throat sticks out, and a flamethrower or laser shoots out igniting the wood he has gathered into a roaring fire.

  3. They come across a dome? or underground bunker? inhabited by technologically advanced people. (I think they were descendants from American Indian tribes?) They spend the winter with them. The people there do x-rays and tell him that his body is highly modified. [I think #2 happened right at the entrance of the dome/bunker and the energy discharge of lighting the fire is what let the people inside know that someone was outside.]

I believe he addressed/referred to the computer as "Machine"

It is possible the word Machine was in the title. (i.e. "Machine's Man" or "Working For the Machine".)

  • Fixed. Paperback written in english
    – NJohnny
    Jul 3, 2019 at 4:14

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I think this might be "Spawn of the Death Machine" by Ted White (1968). The Goodreads description is a partial match:

"You are an artificially constructed human being, a mobile data-gathering device." That is what the computer's metallic voice tells Tanner when it releases him from his cell. Naked, unarmed, with no memory to guide him, he emerges into a savage world, into the ruins of Manhattan in the twenty-third century where wild animals roam and men have become cannibals in a frantic struggle to survive. Who has unleashed this chaos upon the world? Has Tanner really been dispatched to gather facts to help save the tragic remnants of humanity? Or is he to be the final instrument of destruction?

This review confirms more of your clues:

When his captors beat him Tanner gets angry, and goes Lou Ferrigno on them, killing their leader with his bare hands. Tanner, it turns out, is super strong. Accompanied by Rifka, a teenage girl


Another town, cut off from the rest of the world under a geodesic dome, is run stringently on eugenicist lines by a cadre of scientists who maintain a society of exactly 500 men and 500 women, and breed them for intelligence and other desirable genetic attributes.


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    Yes that's it. I did not remember the cover image, but I do re,member that Font. :)
    – NJohnny
    Jul 3, 2019 at 7:47

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