Dark of the Woods by Dean Koontz

Dark of the Woods (1970)

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  Blessed shalt though be in the city, and blessed shalt though be in the field.

Thou shalt be blessed above all . . .

Our holy empire of the Alliance of mankind has fulfilled our destiny. Remember the many heroic humans who have died in conquering the stars for you. Therefore, do not let misguided sympathy toward inferior and conquered animals deter you from your inherent title of divine rulers of the universe. Do not lose this birthright by succumbing to the "attractions" of any alien creature. Remember the penalties imposed by the Supremacy of Man party for this transgression.

Our blessings be with you as you follow in the paths of your brothers and sisters. We have faith in mankind and we have faith in you. But, however, should you falter from the paths of righteousness, we have many willing hands eager to show you the error of your ways . . .
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  The first bit of trouble came even as they were leaving the starship on Demos's port field; it was a harbinger of worse times ahead.

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