From the early info I require about the character (for a memoir writer that is the writer himself) and theme, I sense this writer is interested in using his action-packed background of intrigue and danger to illuminate his flaws and fears and thus give meaning and significance to his life.
Memoir writing at its best shares the writer's past with the reader in order to entertain, enlighten, motivate, and/or make sense of life itself.
One of my personal favorites is Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton.
Have you read it? Did you like it? Any memoirs you recommend?